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Marine veteran Al Garcia waited anxiously along the route to the airport, his Harley Davidson motorcycle at his side. He wanted to join the back of the caravan to show support for the woman who visited his neighborhood to ask about residents’ concerns.

“It’s through all of these prayers that she’s leaving in just two weeks,” Garcia said.

“The community has just come together so much _ all walks of life, no matter what party you belong to,” he said. “They’ve all come together to show their support for her and the other victims of this tragedy.”

Moments later, he and a few other veterans joined the caravan.

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Ramit Plushnick-Masti contributed reporting from Houston. Bryan reported from Tucson, Ariz. AP aerospace writer Marcia Dunn contributed to this story from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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