Capt. Jeff Kuss Honored In Florida

Posted at 10:13 AM, Jun 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-09 23:59:01-04

A memorial service was held in Florida Thursday for the Blue Angels pilot killed in a crash in Tennessee last week.

Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss, a native of Durango, Colorado, crashed in Smyrna while taking off for a practice session ahead of a weekend air show.

His body was returned to the Naval Air Station Pensacola on Tuesday in a plane escorted by a Blue Angel pilot. Thursday's service will be held at the base's chapel.

Thursday evening, the community there held a candlelight vigil in his honor and memory.

He'll be buried in a private ceremony in his hometown on Saturday. The Durango Herald reports that residents are expected to line the streets to honor him as the motorcade passes through the city. A flyover by the Checkerboards, Kuss' unit before joining the Blue Angels, is expected.