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Marine Suspect & Murder Victim Served Together In Afghanistan

A Camp Lejeune Marine, accused of killing another Marine over the weekend in Jacksonville, faced a judge for the first time on the murder charge this afternoon.

The Marine Corps says both were members of 1st Battalion, 8th Marines and that the two served together in Afghanistan earlier this year.

Jacksonville police discovered 21-year-old Lance Corporal Randall Buford around 9:45 p.m. Friday at Liberty Crossing Apartments. Police said it appeared the Marine was shot in the head.

Police charged Lance Corporal Marcus Hunt of Carmen Avenue with an open count of murder.

At a hearing this afternoon, Judge Paul Hardison denied bond for the 19-year-old Hunt and gave him a court-appointed attorney.

Buford was from Pisgah Forest in Transylvania County and was a rifleman in the Marine Corps.

While some residents say they will now move because of the murder, the owners of the apartment complex say it's a safe neighborhood. "Suffice to say that while violence is a rare occurrence at Liberty Crossing, we place the safety and well-being of our residents and guests as our highest priority," said Bell Partners in a statement.

When asked, Jacksonville police could not provide us with crime statistics for that area today.


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The Marine Corps has issued information on the victim murder, police say, by a fellow Marine.

An official with the 2nd Marine Division Public Affairs says that 21-year-old Lance Corporal Randall Buford was from Pisgah Forest in Transylvania County. We’re told Buford was a rifleman assigned to 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division. Officials say he joined the Marine Corps on Dec. 13, 2010 and was promoted to his current rank in September 2011. Buford was deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from January to June 2012.

In the email to WITN, public affairs issued this statement:

“Our deepest condolences go out to the victim's family during their time of loss. This matter is currently under investigation and we will continue to work with local law enforcement as needed. Ensuring our Marines' safety and well being continues to be one of our top priorities because the loss of even one Marine is one too many.”

Jacksonville police are investigating the murder they say happened at the hands of 19-year-old Lance Corporal Marcus Hunt, who is in the same battalion and regiment as Buford. Buford was found dead Friday night at Liberty Crossing Apartments in Jacksonville, with an apparent gunshot wound to the head.

Hunt has been charged by police with an open count of murder.

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Jacksonville Police are investigating the murder of a Camp Lejeune Marine.

Police say that it happened Friday around 9:45 p.m. Officers had been dispatched to the Liberty Crossing Apartments in reference to an unknown disturbance. We’re told while on their way, it was reported that shots were fired at that disturbance. Police say when they arrived they found 21-year-old Randall Buford dead with an apparent gunshot wound to the head.

An investigation by detectives and agents of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service led to the arrest of 19-year-old Lance Corporal Marcus Hunt of Carmen Avenue. Officials say he was arrested and charged with an open count of murder. No bond was issued.

Police say they will continue to investigate.


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