Firefighters from Morganville parked a fire truck at the funeral home with its ladder up and an American flag hanging from the top.
He and another trainee experienced symptoms of an unknown illness. The Navy's investigation into his death is ongoing.
Mullen's body arrived at Newark Liberty International Aiport and was taken to Freeman Funeral Home. Among those standing quietly waving flags in the dampness of the evening along Route 9 and Gordons Corner Road were Gov. Phil Murphy and Manalapan Mayor Susan Cohen. former Mayor Jack McNaboe and committeman Eric Nelson.
Cohen said family and friends of Mullen were also standing along the route.
"Over the past few days, we have been awestruck at the outpouring of love and support that we have received," his family wrote in his obituary. "Everywhere we turn is another friend or neighbor who has a story about how Kyle touched or inspired their lives."
Mullen was exactly where he wanted to be in life at the time of his death.
"He took on every challenge, and failure was not an option as he strived toward reaching his goal of passing Hell Week and receiving his brown shirt," his family wrote.
A memorial service in the future
Visitation for Mullen is scheduled for Thursday at the Freeman Manalapan Marlboro Funeral Home on Route 9 from 3 to 7 p.m. His funeral is Friday at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas More Church on Gordon's Corner Road in Manalapan.
A larger memorial service will be held at a later date, according to his family.
Donations can be made to the Navy SEAL Foundation or the Kyle Mullen Memorial Fund at GiveButter.com. The fund is to help his family settle his affairs and with his funeral arrangements. Any excess funds will be put towards charities supported by Mullen, scholarships and any future nonprofit ventures that may be created in his name.
When it comes to food, New Jersey is known for many things such as pizza and pork roll. Don't count us out when it comes to coffee.
With all the hustle and bustle involved in the average New Jersey resident's day, coffee is essential. It doesn't matter whether you're living in the cities of North Jersey or the vacation spots at the shore.
In fact, as the former owner of two Jersey shore coffee houses, Coffee Dot Comedy in Sea Isle City and the Daily Grind in Ocean Grove, I know firsthand how much people at the Jersey shore love their coffee.
With respect to that, I asked my social media following where the best coffee houses at the Jersey Shore were, especially since my two places no longer exist.
Below is what they came up with. (And see this other article for their coffee shop and cafe recommendations for Central Jersey.)
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