GREENVILLE, SC — Updated: February 27, 2012 A memorial service was held for Capt. Ben Cerniglia at the Lutheran Church of Our Saviour, Monday morning. The son of a Greenville pastor, as well as six other Marines, was killed in a military helicopter crash late Wednesday in Arizona. The group was training before being deployed to Afghanistan. “We grieve for the loss of these talented young lives and pray for all the …families and communities that are in mourning also,” a letter from the church stated. A scholarship fund has been set up for Cerniglia’s children. Any money donated to the church in his memory will go to that fund. Posted: February 24, 2012 The son of a Greenville pastor was killed in a military helicopter crash late Wednesday in Arizona. In a statement released by the Lutheran Church of Our Saviour in Greenville, Associate Pastor Sean Miller stated that Benjamin N. Cerniglia, the son of the church’s pastor, Mark Cerniglia, was killed in the crash involving two Marine helicopters during a training flight. “A child of God in Holy Baptism, we take comfort in knowing that Ben has been received into eternal rest in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,” the statement reads. “May the peace of Christ be with us during this time of mourning.” Benjamin Cerniglia was a member of the U.S. Marine Corps and leaves behind two young children. A scholarship fund has been set up at the church and donations can be made payable to the church, marked “Cerniglia Children Scholarship Fund” at 2600 Wade Hampton Blvd., Greenville, South Carolina 29615. “The Cerniglia family and church congregation request the prayers of our community, and respect for privacy during this difficult time.” Seven Marines were killed during the crash near Yuma, Arizona. Both helicopters were training with other military aircraft when they collided. All but one of the Marines were based at Camp Pendleton in southern California.