The youngest hero: Thousands gather for funeral of Skip Wells

U.S. Marines carry the casket of Lance Cpl. Squire Wells, known as "Skip," to his burial ceremony at Georgia National Cemetery, Sunday, July 26, 2015, in Canton, Ga. The 21-year-old Wells was killed July 16 when a man opened fire at two military facilities before being killed by police in Chattanooga, Tenn. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

WOODSTOCK, Ga. - For the third day in a row, thousands gathered in and around a church to honor a hero.

Some of them never knew Lance Cpl. Squire "Skip" Wells. They've read about him and listened to national news talking heads discuss his patriotism, how he was fearless and willing to sacrifice his life for his country. In short, how he was the perfect Marine.

But Wells also was a 21-year-old, the youngest of the group of five military servicemen gunned down on July 16 at the U.S. Naval and Marine Reserve Center. So those who knew Wells best didn't know him as a hero, not for most of his life. They knew him as a boy.