Family raising money to bury Marine veteran killed in crash

The family of a Marine veteran killed in a fiery car crash says they need help paying for his burial.

Mark McCant was stationed at Marine Corps Air Station New River. He served a nine-month tour of Afghanistan and earned at least seven medals.

In July 2013, McCart was honorably discharged and he and his wife moved back to their hometown, Colorado Springs, Colorado, so they could start a family. He was killed Sunday when his car crashed and burst into flames.

McCart's wife, Rosalind, says she doesn't have enough money to pay for his burial. She says the military is paying for his headstone and a small portion of his burial, but because he isn't being buried at a national cemetery, she is responsible for the cost of his burial.

McCart's wife says she and Mark's family want to bury him in his hometown so they can visit him whenever they want. "I don't want to have to drive so long to just go see him," she says.

Rosalind says other Marines remember her husband for his positive attitude. "There are a lot of people who are saying you made a miserable deployment better than I thought it could be because you had such a positive attitude."

She says she has fond memories of the time they spent in Eastern North Carolina because without family nearby, they were able to lean on each other. "It was probably one of the best times of our relationship because we could really build on just being with each other."

One of the McCarts' best friends, Catie Palmer, who still lives in Jacksonville, says she couldn't believe what happened to him when she saw the news of his death. "It's not just one of my friends who lost a husband. The country lost a good brain, and a good man," she says about Mark. "This could happen to anybody."

If you'd like to help cover the cost of Mark's burial, you can donate to their online fundraiser here.

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