Mourners at Marine funeral get parking tickets


SAN DIEGO (KFMB/CNN) – Some San Diegans at a Marine’s funeral procession were in for a surprise when they got back to their cars.

“This is just amazing. I’m here for a young man’s funeral,” Larry Ahern said. “I’m beyond words.”

When Ahern came to pay his respects to Marine Gunnery Sgt. Derik Holley, he expected a crowd lining the streets. What he didn’t expect was a parking ticket for $52.50.

It turns out that more than a dozen others got the same citation for parking in a street sweeping zone during Holley’s procession.

“For a funeral of a young man that gave his life, this is what we get,” Ahern said.

A spokesman for the city’s Storm and Water Division, which oversees street sweeping, said the department was unaware that the procession would be happening, and therefore was unable to make an exception in advance.

“Please Mr. Mayor, lay off of me,” Ahern said. “I’m trying to get through life with little or no stress. This is … amazing.”

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer responded to complaints about the tickets by tweeting that they would be rescinded.

San Diego supports its heroes. Due to the special circumstances of today’s memorial service, those who received parking citations this morning on Balboa Arms Dr. will have their tickets rescinded. The City of San Diego salutes Marine Gunnery Sgt. Derik Holley and his family.

— Kevin Faulconer (@Kevin_Faulconer) April 18, 2018

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