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Seven Marines From Camp Lejeune Killed In Training Exercise, U.S. Sen. Hagan Releases Statement

Compiled by Jesse Wood


U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan
U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan

March 19, 2013. U.S. Senator Kay Hagan today made the following statement after seven Marines from Camp Lejeune were killed last night in Nevada during a training exercise:

“I was so saddened to learn about the seven Marines from Camp Lejeune who were killed last night in Nevada.  Our Marines, and all of our service members, demonstrate their bravery everyday as they serve our country. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the Marines who were killed and those who were injured, and I will continue to monitor the investigation so we can find out what happened and take appropriate steps.”

Release from U.S. Marine Corps:

USMarinesA fatal incident occurred during a training exercise shortly before 10 p.m. Monday at Hawthorne Army Depot, Nev., killing seven servicemembers and injuring several others with 2nd Marine Division.

The injured have been transported to area hospitals for treatment and further evaluation.

The identities of those killed will be provided 24 hours after primary next of kin notification. The status of those injured will be provided as it becomes available.

“We send our prayers and condolences to the families of Marines involved in this tragic incident. We remain focused on ensuring that they are supported through this difficult time,” said Maj. Gen. Raymond C. Fox, II MEF commanding general. “We mourn their loss, and it is with heavy hearts we remember their courage and sacrifice.”

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

More information will be provided as it becomes available. 

The New York Times reported on Tuesday that the seven marines and several others, who were apart of an expeditionary ground combat unit, were injured in an explosion.