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FORT COLLINS - A Fort Collins Marine who died in a car crash in Utah on Friday was traveling home to surprise his little brother on the first day of school.

Lance Cpl. Brennan Ching, 20, was stationed in Las Flores, California. The 2012 Rocky Mountain High school graduate had a habit of surprising his little brother, Alexander Vicary, 8. The two shared "a special bond," said the boys' mother Sue Vicary, of Fort Collins.

Ching taught his little brother how to tie his shoes, went fishing with him frequently and read to Alexander almost every night when he was home from the Marines.

"Every day, Alex would talk about Brennan, whether it was morning, noon or night," Vicary said. "At least two or three times, he'd create a new way of making a wish to bring him home. Brennan taught him the things only a big brother could do."

With almost every wish, Brennan would come home. The Coloradoan featured Ching in a March 2013 story and video when he came home to surprise Alexander for Easter. The little boy had sent the Easter bunny a letter asking to bring his brother home.

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