Military Releases Marine's Cause of Death; Sister Speaks To WITN

Camp Lejeune says an autopsy shows a Marine killed Friday on the base died from blunt force trauma to the head. The base late Monday released additional information on Friday's death of Corporal Joshua Hartzell.

The base says the Provost Marshals Office received a report of a disturbance after 1:00 a.m. Friday. There they found Private Jonathan Law with apparent self-inflicted wounds and Hartzell's body in the woods across the street from the barracks.

The base says Law was arrested on suspicion of murder, but formal charges have yet to be filed against the private.

Hartzell's family is now trying to understand why someone would kill their loved one.

Three days after the body of Hartzell was found, his family spoke out to WITN.

When Rebecca Lumpkin heard Friday that a Marine had been killed on base, she had a gut feeling it was her brother, Josh.

"We couldn't get in contact with Josh, we Googled it and read the article on your website, we had that feeling just kinda knew in a way," Lumpkin told Chelsea Donovan from the family's home in Fairfield, Ohio.

Base officials say the 22-year-old was murdered in the woods off French Creek early Friday morning. Private Jonathan Law is now in custody at the Camp Lejeune brig.

"We don't think he knew him, he wasn't a friend, a lot of Josh's friends say they don't even know who he is really," said the victim's sister.

On Monday WITN also talked to Hartzell's girlfriend, who also lives in Ohio. "Josh was the sweetest person, most genuine and thoughtful, best man I've ever met. He was what the Marine Corps should be," said Ashley, who didn't want WITN to use her last name.

Both Hartzell's sister and his girlfriend said he was born to be a Marine. "It was in his blood from the time he was born, it was his dream," said Lumpkin.

The Hartzell family has set up a tribute page. You can access it by clicking here.

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Camp Lejeune has released the name of the victim in a homicide that happened on the base Friday morning.

22 year-old Corporal Joshua Hartzell was identified as the victim. Private Jonathan Law is currently in the custody of military authorities at the Camp Lejeune Brig.

Law was transported Saturday night from Pitt County Memorial Hospital where he was treated for self-inflicted wounds.

Both Law and Hartzell served in the 2nd Marine Logistics Group. Hartzell was an electro-optical ordnance repairer with 2nd Maintenance Battalion. Law was a supply administration clerk assigned to 2nd Supply Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group

Hartzell is from Hamilton County, Ohio, and was born October 20, 1987.

His family issued the following statement to WITN: Statement from the Hartzell Family: As you can imagine we are extremely heatbroken over the tragic loss of our Josh. Corporal Joshua E. Hartzell joined the Marines in 2006 with so much honor and pride. He was everything a Marine should be; a true gentleman and a leader. But beyond being a Marine, Josh is a beloved son, amazing brother, a wonderful grandson, an awesome uncle and a loyal friend to all. There was never a heart he didn't touch and we could never express how wonderful he was. We are in so much pain over this senseless act, but please do not let the acts over the last week effect your faith in our military and our country. Please continue to support our troops. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the military family suffering at this time.

Hartzell joined the Marine Corps in September 2006. His personal awards include the Good Conduct Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

Camp Lejeune says charges are pending against Private Law.

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Camp Lejeune, NC - One Marine is dead and another in custody after a murder at Camp Lejeune. That Marine is now in a Greenville hospital, from apparent self inflicted injuries.

The base says Private Jonathan Law is in the custody for the homicide of another Marine early this morning on the base in Jacksonville. An exact time of the crime is not known, but Marines say they started receiving information on the case around 1:00 a.m.

Law's hometown is Clark County, Nevada.

Captain Timothy Patrick says the dead Marine's body was found in the woods in the French Creek area of the base.

The victim has been identified. The Department of Defense will release the victim's name 24 hours after the victim's family has been notified. As of Saturday afternoon, the name had not been released.

Patrick told WITN News that Law is at Pitt County Memorial Hospital, from apparent self inflicted injuries. He is in serious condition.

The base spokesman said the victim is a man and could only say he was not a victim of a shooting.

Law is a supply administration clerk assigned to 2nd Supply Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group. The 21-year-old joined the Marines in August of 2006.

The base says Law deployed to Iraq from August 2007 to March 2008. His
awards include the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

Stay with WITN News and for more on this developing story.

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  • by anonymous on Apr 27, 2011 at 07:36 PM
    no there not the only two who knew what happened french creek never sleeps trust me someone else either saw or heard
  • by anonymous Location: nc on Dec 13, 2009 at 06:21 PM
    There was no fight. The poor man did not even know what was coming
  • by anonymous Location: NC on Dec 13, 2009 at 06:17 PM
    If everyone only new what really happened, then no one would defend Law. He is a evil. He will pay for what he has done one way or another. If justice doesn't not GOD will.
  • by Mindy Location: Jacksonville on Dec 9, 2009 at 02:37 PM
    No excuse for what Law did. Bottom line. Done deal. Don't care what anyone thinks of this comment. SO WHATEVERRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!
  • by anonymous on Nov 22, 2009 at 09:44 PM
    Please pray for both famlies. Both famlies are hurting. I can tell you that Law is not a MONSTER. He is also a victim but in a diffrent way. I know that other bloggers will have a field day with my commet go ahead say what you want I did.
  • by DrPep_C Location: Lejeune. on Nov 20, 2009 at 04:59 AM
    I'm sorry if this sounds offensive to some of you people but... this should not be up for discussion or slandering. Whatever it may be that you are doing. A Marine died. A friend died. A brother and a son died. And you people pick apart the details like it REALLY means something to you. So please don't think you are all high and mighty with your "opinions" some things should be kept to yourself and this subject is one of them.
  • by Michele Location: NC on Nov 15, 2009 at 02:48 PM
    Cindi.. I can assure you that PTSD is further from being someone as you put it as having behavior problems or self control.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 15, 2009 at 12:08 PM
    unfortunately, also, the Marine Corps is going to get a little weaker after this.
  • by afghan marine Location: afghanistan on Nov 12, 2009 at 10:24 PM
    law lived above me in FC525 before i deployed to afghanistan, when i heard the news i couldn't believe it. law was a nice guy but he wasn't all there. just speaking to him for 5 minutes, you could tell he needed help, and supply bn didn't do the job like they should have. go figure. people will get there's and maybe supply will be a better when we return. rest in peace josh, you're forever in my prayers.
  • by Taylor Location: Hithar on Nov 12, 2009 at 06:59 AM
    Did someone really post that it may have been an accident? Really? I mean- really? Blunt force trauma... an accident... really? Yes, the hard object was struck against the victim's cranium repeatedly in the middle of the woods at 1am by a psychopath on accident... really?

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