Three US Marine Corps lance corporals were discovered dead in a parked car outside a convenience store near the Camp Lejeune military base in North Carolina. The bodies were found on Sunday morning at a Speedway filling station in Hampstead, North Carolina, after law enforcement officials received a report of a missing person. The Pender County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, is currently investigating the case.
The deceased Marines have been identified as 19-year-old Tanner Kaltenberg from Madison, Wisconsin; 23-year-old Merax Dockery from Pottawatomie, Oklahoma; and 23-year-old Ivan Garcia from Naples, Florida. All three were lance corporals and served as motor vehicle operators for the 2nd Marine Logistics Group at Camp Lejeune.
Brigadier General Michael McWilliams, their regimental commander, expressed his condolences to their families and friends. He stated, “Our focus is on providing the necessary resources and support to those impacted by their tragic loss as they navigate this extremely difficult time.”
At this time, no information has been disclosed regarding the cause of death. Foul play is not suspected, and the Sheriff’s Office assured the community that there was no threat to its members.
This incident follows a recent tragedy involving four individuals, including three Marines from Camp Pendleton in Southern California, who were killed in a car crash in Los Angeles County.
The loss of these young Marines is a heartbreaking reminder of the risks and sacrifices made by those serving in the military. As the investigation continues, the community and the Marine Corps will mourn their deaths and support their loved ones during this challenging time.
Please note that further details about the incident are yet to be released, and updates will be provided as the investigation progresses.
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