U.S. Marine from Champaign County dies days after marrying sweetheart

A 20-year-old U.S. Marine from Champaign County died in a motorcycle crash only days after marrying his high school sweetheart.

Brandon Laughman, a 2015 Graham High School graduate, died as a result of injuries he sustained in a single-vehicle motorcycle crash that happened June 12 in San Diego, where he was stationed as an active duty U.S. Marine.

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Laughman was planning to return home soon to his wife, Kaytlin Laughman, who graduated from Graham this year, said Kaytlin’s mother Nickey Maddy. 

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Brandon was due for a visit home soon and the couple had planned to take a road trip honeymoon on their return to California, Maddy said.

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“They had only been married for 10 days,” Maddy said. “They had dated for three years... They absolutely adored each other. They had something very special.”

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Brandon was a member of a car club in San Diego. Several members of the club gathered to pay tribute to him at a makeshift memorial at the crash site. The club recorded a video tribute with a motorcycle and several custom vehicles traveling down the road in the evening. 

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Brandon’s body is being prepared to be transported back to Ohio for a full military funeral and service according to the family.

We continue to gather more details on this developing story.

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