Hundreds convene for the homecoming of a fallen hometown hero.
Army Specialist, Trevor Pinnick, of Lawrenceville, IL was killed in action in Afghanistan June 12th.
NBC 2's Paige Preusse met with his wife upon the arrival of his body this morning at the Vincennes/Lawrenceville International Airport.
"He said they're calling me I have to go, I'll talk to you in a couple days. I said ok I love you...and that was the last I heard from him," said Martha Pinnick.
I love you....Martha Pinnick's last words to her husband serving overseas before she got word that he was killed in action on June 12th.
"How I got the news was just like the movies; the guys came to my door and told me there was no sugar coating it, it just was what it was," said Pinnick.
The couple were high school sweethearts at Lawrenceville High School. Martha says their love ran deep.
"Teen marriages don't really work out, and I think ours would have lasted forever," continued Pinnick.
Before his departure they had a baby girl named Melody.
"When you look at her it's like you see him looking back at you," Pinnick said.
Martha says Melody is too young to grasp the death of her father.
"I just tell her her, daddy is in heaven, and she just kinda points up...that's all she understands right now, but when she gets older I'll explain it to her," said Pinnick.
She herself has difficulty accepting the facts, but says she's doing her best to remain strong for her little girl...and for Trevor.
"I don't really know how to move on,but I don't really have a choice."
Saturday morning family, friends, and neighbors in the Vincennes and Lawrenceville communities show their support as Trevor's body lands on American soil.
" You just can't say enough for them that they've lost such a good guy," said Pinnick family friend Marsha Sechrest.
A procession proceeded throughout town on the streets where trevor regularly traveled.
"You couldn't meet a nicer or better guy than Trevor," said Sechrest.
The visitation will be tomorrow at Lawrenceville High School from 2- 7 p.m.