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LCpl Shayne Cabino

LCpl Shayne Cabino
http://www2.townonline.com/bellingham/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=351559

Franklin Marine is laid to rest
By David Riley/ Staff Writer
Friday, October 21, 2005

FRANKLIN - Hundreds mourned Lance Cpl. Shayne Cabino Monday as a young Marine lost all too young, who sacrificed his life out of love for friends, family and his country.

St. John's Episcopal Church on Pleasant Street could not hold all those who attended the 19-year-old Marine's funeral, the crowd spilling out the front doors.

Through tears, Cabino's family spoke fondly of his infectious smile and personality, his bright blue eyes. His older sister recalled how she felt 25 feet tall when he lifted her on his shoulders.

"Shayne is a hero, and he'll be remembered as a hero," Brandi Cabino-Navas said.

A Franklin native, Cabino finished high school in Canton and entered the Marines after graduating a year ago. He was killed Oct. 6 with three other members of the 2nd Marine Battalion by a roadside bomb near Karmah, Iraq.

As family members filed inside Monday, a small group of Marines in dress blue uniforms marched silently down a drive leading to the church.

Gov. Mitt Romney quietly made his way inside.

Cabino's father, William Cabino Sr., is a state corrections officer, and about 50 of his colleagues lined up silently and upright outside.

Flanking the church doors holding rifles and flags were the Massachusetts Correction Officers Honor Guard and Marine Corps League.

With bagpipes sounding, all in the building stood as six Marines lifted Cabino's flag-draped casket from a hearse and slowly carried it inside, removing their white caps before setting it down in the church.

The Rev. John Sullivan of the family's church, Tri-County Full Gospel Fellowship of Franklin, said Cabino left behind four brothers, two sisters, four parents and step-parents, two grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins.

"He was extremely proud, and rightfully so, of the uniform he wore and the fact that he was serving his country," Sullivan said.

Singer Susan Savaria led worship songs including "We Are Standing on Holy Ground" and "Jesus Lamb of God." Some friends and family sang along, reaching up toward the sunlight that streamed into the church.

Relatives spoke and prayed one by one, with a cousin, Greg Thompson, saying Cabino was now wrapped in God's arms. He said he was not surprised when Cabino joined the Marines.

"That's what people of his character do," Thompson said. "They see the world as it is and as it should be, and they set about completely, boldly ... to change it."

Cabino's brother, Justin, and grandmother, Carol Mazelli, also spoke. His uncle, Mark Mazelli, recalled how Cabino's personality kept him "wrapped" around his nephew's finger.

Cabino-Navas remembered jumping on a trampoline with her little brother and keeping their mother, Jodi Cabino-Cipriano, hopelessly bouncing about.

"There are a lot of things I wish I'd remember that I never will," she said.

The sister said she would be thankful for the blessing of Cabino's life, but lamented that she would never meet his children.

In his homily, Sullivan said Cabino made the "highest sacrifice a man can make," devoting his life to something he believed in without regard for the danger.

He quoted the Bible, noting that Christ said there was no greater demonstration of love than to lay down one's life for friends.

"No matter where you go from this place today ... any time you hear the name Shayne, you will remember what Shayne Cabino did," he said.

After a prayer from the Rev. Andrew Savaria, also of the Tri-County Full Gospel Fellowship, mourners filed outside.

Six Marines again lifted Cabino's casket and carried it to a hearse. Correction officers and other members of the military stood at attention, saluting.

After gently laying the casket down, the Marines led a procession that marched silently back up the drive.

Before friends and family left for Mount Hope Cemetery, where Cabino was buried, Sullivan had the last word.

"Shayne set the bar a little higher for us," he said.


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