Funeral Arrangements Set For Eastern Kentucky Marine

T.J. Reilly graduated from South Laurel High School in 2007 and went straight into the military as a Marine. He went to Iraq in July.

“I didn't want him to go. He wanted to go. But I didn't want to crush his dream,” says Reilly’s mother, Gina Bray.

But on Sunday, Reilly's mother says her son's unit came under a surprise attack, and he was killed instantly.

“He was on a mission. There was a hostile situation, and they just hurt my baby. And they took him,” said Bray.

In high school, his mother says Reilly was known for his big heart. She says he joined the marines to make others safe.

South Laurel High School teachers say Reilly found his niche in home economics, and he was known for baking cakes.

“And he was going to go to culinary school when he got out of the military. They used to tell him how good he made cakes,” said Bray.

The soldiers serving are often called heroes, but Bray says her son was hers, no matter what he did.

“And I just wanted him to come home, he was coming home in April, he was going to surprise me. And he didn't get to come home,” said Bray.

Visitation for Reilly is Sunday starting at 5 pm at the London Funeral Home. His funeral is Monday at noon, also at the funeral home.

Governor Beshear has ordered flags to be lowered to half staff on all government buildings beginning at sunrise on the day of Reilly's interment.


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  • by Ron Location: Aledo, Illinois on Dec 29, 2008 at 04:34 AM
    Semper Fi my fellow Marine...Semper Fi. You shall never be forgotten, and will always be a TRUE AMERICAN HERO.
  • by samantha Location: corbin, ky on Dec 28, 2008 at 11:51 AM
    so sad to lose such a young man with life still ahead him. a brave young man at that. my sincere condolences go out to his family. he will be greatly missed by them and everyone that knew him.
  • by Denise Location: Lyons Il on Dec 28, 2008 at 10:57 AM
    My heart felt sympathy go out to Gina and the family.Tj was a wonderful kid. He will be missed. Love you guys..
  • by Denise Location: Lyons Il on Dec 28, 2008 at 10:51 AM
    TJ was a great young man and he will be missed by so many.Always so kind and sweet and smart and just an all around great young man.We love you TJ.
  • by judy Location: kimperky on Dec 28, 2008 at 07:50 AM
    i never met your son but i didnt hve to know he is truely a hero. God love his heart.
  • by Tyler Location: London on Dec 26, 2008 at 10:59 PM
    I salute Thomas and his service to our country. I'll be there tomorrow with the Patriot Guard Riders to escort our boy home. May he rest in peace.
  • by brenda steele on Dec 26, 2008 at 08:30 PM
    tj was a wonderful human being and had a big heart rest in peace.
  • by Elizabeth Location: Lexington, KY on Dec 26, 2008 at 06:12 PM
    My heart goes out to you in your time of sorrow. I lost my husband, my hero and soldier in July 2008. I know the pain you are feeling. Know you are not alone. May our heroes watch over us together.
  • by amanda Location: london on Dec 26, 2008 at 02:11 PM
    I am so sorry for Gina and her family for their loss. My sister jennifer and I were in awe when we had heard about her cousin. We will all miss you T.J.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 26, 2008 at 07:04 AM
    He was your hero on earth & your guardian angel after. Rest in peace TJ

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