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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Hundreds of people marched this Memorial Day to honor a fallen Tucson marine killed earlier this month. Jose Guerena wasn't killed overseas, but in Tucson by members of the Pima County SWAT team.
Jose Guerena's south side home attracted quite a crowd Monday morning, all there to make a point.
"We're here to honor a fallen marine and also to honor our fallen dead and the best way to do that is protect our constitution and what happened here on May 5, on Cinco de Mayo, should have never happened," said Stewart Rhodes from Oath Keepers.
Rhodes is the founder of Oath Keepers, a right wing non-profit group that claims to uphold the U.S. Constitution. Rhodes and his organization saw the video of the PCSD SWAT shooting and felt SWAT handled the situation the wrong way.
"Its the flawed policy of sending an armed SWAT teams into a home in a dynamic military entry against a guy with no prior records, that's a seriously flawed policy. It's going to lead to more deaths," said Rhodes.
The death of Jose has left his wife Vanessa without a husband and his children with a father. Many who gathered at the rally showed their support for the family.
"My 29-year-old that looks like that boy, he looks like Jose. To watch that mother's pain she brought that child, to be a mom and to have to lose your child like that," said Alicia Lutz-Rolow from Oath Keepers.
Members of Oath Keepers are planing to meet with the governor and other leaders of the state to try and help prevent what they call overuse of SWAT.
"Tomorrow we will present the governor, attorney general and the legislature with our petition which we have written we read a little today were hoping it will change here in Arizona and and it will change across the county," said Rhodes.
Tuesday afternoon there will be a hearing in Pima County Superior Court about whether the search warrants by PCSD will be unsealed.