NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Pfc. SheRon Knight says his close friend and fellow Marine Marcus Strain was on his way home from Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina, to “surprise” his family in Springfield just before he was killed in a double-fatal accident just east of Nashville early Saturday.
Strain, who was involved in the crash, was hit and killed while checking on the other victims.
“Marcus had a caring heart and a caring soul ” Pfc. Knight told News 2 Monday from his home in Florence, South Carolina.
“He looked out for all of us guys, but family came first. I told him to take his uniform ’cause he was debating what he should wear, and I said, ‘Just take your dress blues and just surprise her. Surprise your mom,’” Knight explained.
The 19-year-old said he and the Middle Tennessee marine became “close friends” last winter when both underwent training at the legendary Marine training site Parris Island.
Knight said he last saw Strain Friday at the room they shared at Camp Lejeune.
“He was packing to go home and I remember him saying ‘I will see you Monday,’” added Strain’s roommate. “He was an amazing person. He would do anything for someone who might have needed something and they did not have it.”
The Marine said he learned of his close buddy’s death from his superiors at the Marine camp.
Knight said his words would be echoed by any of his fellow marines.
“He looked out for me as well,” he added. “And he always kept me in the fight when I fight down and out and wanted to quit, he just made sure I stayed in. He was a very humorous person; he always made someone laugh, even when they were down.”