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Veteran found in lake remembered as loving father, friend

Friends and family members created a memorial for Alex Toups close to where his body was found in a lake in Hancock County on Sunday. (Photo source: WLOX) Friends and family members created a memorial for Alex Toups close to where his body was found in a lake in Hancock County on Sunday. (Photo source: WLOX)
By Monday afternoon the memorial included dozens of candles, mementos, and a cross bearing the letters R.I.P. (Photo source: WLOX) By Monday afternoon the memorial included dozens of candles, mementos, and a cross bearing the letters R.I.P. (Photo source: WLOX)
Friends and family pay respects at a memorial site for Alex Toups after his body was found in Hancock County. (Photo source: WLOX) Friends and family pay respects at a memorial site for Alex Toups after his body was found in Hancock County. (Photo source: WLOX)
HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

A loving father, a caring friend, and a red blooded patriot. Those who knew Alex Toups said he was all of these things and more.

Friends and family members created a memorial for Alex close to where his body was found in a lake in Hancock County on Sunday. By Monday afternoon the memorial included dozens of candles, mementos, and a cross bearing the letters R.I.P. 

Schoolmates, childhood friends, and fellow service members from Alex's decade of service in the army paid their respects by lighting candles and sharing memories. 

An autopsy will be performed Monday to help determine how Toups died. Authorities have not yet said if they believe foul play was involved.

Jonathan Brannan will have more on this story later on WLOX.

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