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Funeral services have been announced for the Camp Lejeune Marine killed by a fellow Marine while on guard duty last week.

Services for 21-year-old Lance Corporal Mark Boterf are set for 11 a.m. Friday, April 18, at Alsbury Baptist Church, in his hometown of Burleson Texas.

Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday in Laurel Land Memorial Chapel.

Military officials say that the fatal shooting in a guard shack appears to have been accidental and remains under investigation.

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The father of the 21-year-old Marine killed in an accidental shooting says his son overcame physical hurdles to join his two other brothers in the Marine Corps.

Aubrey Boterf says his son, Lance Cpl. Mark Boterf, was born in Amory, Miss., but moved to Crowley, Texas, in 2012 along with his nine siblings.

His twin brother, Michael Stephen, also a Marine, says Mark underwent surgery to correct a hernia and then pushed himself to quickly meet the Corps* physical standards.

A Pentagon spokesman says the fatal shooting Tuesday by a colleague in a guard shack at the North Carolina base appears to have been an accident. Boterf joined the Marines in 2012, had no deployment history and was on temporary assignment as a sentry.

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Camp Lejeune has identified the Marine Sentry guard killed Tuesday night as 21-year-old Mark Boterf from Crawley, Texas.

Lance Cpl. Boterf was assigned to 2nd Radio Battalion, II Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group aboard Camp Lejeune. He was temporarily assigned to Headquarters and Support Battalion, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune as a Marine sentry.

Born on December 18, 1992, Boterf joined the Marine Corps in August 2012. He joined 2nd Radio Battalion in 2013, served as a Special Intelligence System Communicator (MOS 2651) and was promoted his current rank on October 1, 2013.

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

Lance Cpl. Boterf has no deployment history.

Boterf's twin brother Mike told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, his brother attended Tupelo High School before moving to Texas in 2010.

Mike told the paper that Mark volunteered for the guard position so that another Marine could take leave to get married.

Camp Lejeune says the initial assessment of yesterday's deadly shooting at the main gate was likely an accident, "caused by a negligent discharge" of a firearm.

The base says around 5:30 p.m. a Marine standing guard at the gate fired an M4 rifle, killing another guard.

Captain Joshua Smith, a base spokesman, says NCIS confirms "the shooter is still in custody." Smith says because this is an ongoing investigation, his identity and any possible charges are not yet being released.

The base says both the shooter and the victim were inside a guard shack when the shooting happened, and at least one other Marine guard was at the gate at the time.

A spokesman says the victim died of a single wound to the chest after efforts to revive him.

Under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, service members could face court-martial for a negligent discharge, punishable by confinement and pay forfeiture.

Wednesday afternoon, base spokesman Nat Fahy said it will take several weeks for forensic tests to confirm the cause.

He said the two Marines were temporarily assigned to sentry duty from II MEF. Fahy says the dead Marine's family was notified Tuesday night, but the military doesn't release names until 24 hours has passed.


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Camp Lejeune officials say a Marine standing guard at Camp Lejeune's Main Gate discharged an M4 rifle, killing another Marine guard.

It happened at approximately 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Officials say one of the guards shot his rifle, which was issued to him as part of his job at Camp Lejeune, and killed another guard working alongside him. The two Marines were monitoring incoming traffic onto the base.

A spokesman for Camp Lejeune says it wasn't just the two guards, and that at least one other Marine was present at the Main Gate. While they aren't releasing details of how or why this happened, the spokesman says it's always tough to lose a Marine on base.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with all the families involved at this point," says Captain Joshua Smith. "I just want to stress that this being ruled an isolated incident. It is neither an act of terrorism nor an active shooter. The situation is not active, it's under control, and is being investigated by NCIS."

A spokesman says the victim died of a single wound to the chest after efforts to revive him. The Marine who fired the shot is said to be in custody.

Base officials say the shooting was an isolated incident and not an act of terrorism nor an active shooter event.

The incident remains under investigation by Naval Criminal Investigative
Service.

Identification is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. WITN expects to learn more about those involved on Wednesday.


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Camp Lejeune officials say a Marine standing guard at Camp Lejeune's Main Gate discharged an M4 rifle, killing another Marine guard.

It happened at approximately 5:30 p.m.

Identification is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

The Base Provost Marshal has stated the incident is being considered neither as an act of terrorism nor an active shooter event at this time.

The incident is currently under investigation by Naval Criminal
Investigative Service.

We'll update the story as we get more information.


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