Teen Shot Dead, Marine Under Arrest

A Marine is accused of killing his civilian roommate in a shooting Wednesday night in Jacksonville.

Michael Smith has been charged with the murder of Joshua Thorkelson at their Bridgewater Court residence.

Police say the 19-year-old had an apparent gunshot to the head. He died at Onslow Memorial Hospital.

Detectives say Smith and the victim were in the kitchen area with several other friends when Thorkelson began showing people a handgun. Police say the gun was held by various people and eventually by Smith. A news release says Smith pointed the weapon at Thorkelson and fired the gun.

The 21-year-old Smith has been placed in the Onslow County jail with no bond.


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  • by usmcmom20 Location: PA on Aug 27, 2010 at 03:52 PM
    A group of guys & a loaded gun is not a good mix. I can't help but think that alcohol was involved! US troops drink too much. This is a very sad situation for both families. I have a marine son, I will never stop worrying about him, he is young & thinks he knows it all! Our prayers are with the families!
  • by Moma of soldier Location: NC on Sep 24, 2009 at 05:08 PM
    This is not a judgement but a question. How can a trained marine accidently pull a trigger pointing it at someones head? I do not understand that.
  • by Anonymous Location: Kentucky on Jul 20, 2009 at 08:48 AM
    What happened is a tragedy. What happened is very sad. I did not know Josh but I do know Michael. He truly is a good person and would never intentionally kill someone. What happened was an accident and unless you know both boys very well I don't think it is your place to judge. Michael already has enough grief on him that one of his friends has died let alone that he actually killed him. Let off of him and live your own life and let the law deal with it, even if the outcome is what you wanted.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 6, 2009 at 07:48 PM
    Im lost and sad. I dont know what to do. I talked to him on this day. when I asked him what are your plans he said "i dk to try to not die". that was the last think he said to me. I cant stop crying.
  • by Marine Wife Location: Jacksoville on Jul 6, 2009 at 10:11 AM
    the funeral is this wednesday at 11am in charolate
  • by friend Location: nc on Jul 4, 2009 at 11:53 PM
    when is the funeral? has anything else been figured out?
  • by Marine Wife Location: Jacksonville on Jul 3, 2009 at 02:29 PM
    ok if you dont live in the house or was there that night it happen or dont know smith or josh u all need to keep ur mouths shut! obivously none of ya'll dont know ur history about the CONFEDERATE aka the reble flag, so ya'll need to go back to school and take a lot of history classes. it was all a freakin acciedt. oh by the way all military branches are trained to kill not just the marines. if they werent trained to kill then there would be no such thing as the military or they would all get killed. R.I.P Junior...we all love you and miss you truely Smith n everyone else the house, the families, n friends u all are in prayers n thoughts. stay strong ya'll
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Greenville on Jul 2, 2009 at 04:56 PM
    Oh yea I would bet that more then likely alcohol was also involved as in many cases like this it is.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jul 2, 2009 at 03:41 PM
    Jennifer. this Marine has been trained in weapons safety, that means not pointing a loaded gun at anyone and pulling the trigger. Accident, No. Murder, Yes. There are not many times when guns are involved that it can be classed as an accident.
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Greenville on Jul 2, 2009 at 03:09 PM
    Anytime you are going to show off a weapon unless the person you hand the gun to is at a range of is about to shoot, then the gun should be unloaded. I was taught that when you hand a gun to someone it should be magazine out and slide locked back or cylinder open if its a revolver.
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