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Marines release identity of Camp Lejeune guard killed at entry gate

Lcpl. Mark N. Boterf, Crowley, Texas
Lcpl. Mark N. Boterf, Crowley, Texas
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Lcpl. Mark N. Boterf, of Crowley, Texas, was killed in an accidental shooting Wednesday evening at the front gate of the East Coast’s largest Marine installation, Camp Lejeune. The information was released earlier today.

The 21 year-old-Marine was killed by a single gunshot wound to the chest from a “negligent discharge” of an M4 combat rifle by a fellow Marine while they were together inside the guard shack.

Lcpl. Boterf joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 2012, and joined the 2nd Radio Battalion in 2013. He served as a special intelligence system's communicator and had yet to be deployed overseas.

His service awards include the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

The identity of the Marine sentry guard who accidentally discharged his weapon is being withheld at this time.

The incident remains under investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigation Service.

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