They wouldn’t let go – and neither would their daddy.
Duran Garcia brought tears to the eyes of his three children Wednesday when he made a surprise visit to the Sundown School.
After spending a six-month tour with the U.S. Navy in Africa, Garcia flew home Wednesday to see his wife and kids.
He and his wife, Lori, played a trick on their 14-year-old daughter, Zahriah.
The high school student was asked to come to the office of Superintendent Scott Marshall.
Her eyes went wide open when she walked into the office.
Tears streaked her face as she and her father hugged one another for a long time.
More tears were shed a short time later when the Petty Officer 1st Class – wearing his camouflage fatigues – walked into the classroom of teacher Michelle Shelburne.