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Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi looks down from his seat in a Marine combat vehicle during one of his combat tours in Afghanistan 2010-2012. Tahmooressi is now in a Tijuana prison on weapons charges. (Family photo courtesy Jill Tahmooressi/MCT)

Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi looks down from his seat in a Marine combat vehicle during one of his combat tours in Afghanistan 2010-2012. Tahmooressi is now in a Tijuana prison on weapons charges. (Family photo courtesy Jill Tahmooressi/MCT)

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen  is set to honor those who have helped in efforts to bring back a South Florida marine jailed in Mexico.

According to the group, they want to bring back  Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi by July 4th.

Ros-Lehtinen  is set to honor the volunteers at Pinecrest Bakery located at 6655 S. Dixie Hwy just before 12:00 p.m.

Locals rallied for his release on May 31st which was the anniversary of his arrest and detention.

Tahmoooressi, who is from Weston, continues to languish in a Mexican jail, facing three fire arm charges.

“He has been at the hands of gang members who tried to kill him and he had to survive a tortuous, severe beating,” said Jill Tahmooressi, Andrew’s mother.

Tahmooressi served two tours of duty in Afghanistan and suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder , anxiety and depression. He had moved to San Diego for treatment.

Dozens came together at the May rally, including Olivia Hammar, a mother who knows exactly what Jill Tahmooressi is going through because her son, Jon Hammar, spent 4 and half months in a Mexican jail in 2012.

“This has to stop right now. Our state department is going to have to act. This is outrageous,” said Hammar.  “He should have been released immediately.”

Jill Tahmooressi, said that while driving in March, he made a wrong turn and ended up crossing the border, with all his belongings, including legally purchased U.S. guns, in his pick up.

“He called me when he reached the border and said, ‘Mom, I want you to know where I’m at because I made a wrong turn, I ended up in Mexico and the Mexican officials are encompassing the truck, ” said Tahmooressi.

Andrew was taken to La Mesa prison in Tijuana, Mexico but later taken to El Hongo Prison in Tecate, Mexico.

In the first days of his detention, he said,  his life was threatened and he attempted escape.

His mother got a heart stopping phone call  from him about it.

“He called me one night and he said in a panicked voice, he said, ‘Mom I’m not going to make it through the night.  There’s hit men in here, they have told me they are going to kill me.  They’re going to rape and then torture and murder me and they’re going to send me out in a body bag,'” said Jill Tahmooressi.

Jill said Andrew escaped that section of the prison by scaling a wall. He was later  chained to his cot for nearly a month after he stabbed himself in the neck.

Tahmooressi had a hearing on May 28th, where he fired his attorney.

Click here for more information on the petition to release Tahmooressi.

For more information on upcoming events, click here.

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