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Lejeune Marine Killed While Skydiving In Australia

By: Amy Holcombe / Carly Swain
By: Amy Holcombe / Carly Swain

A talk show prize and a trip of a lifetime turned fatal for a Camp Lejeune Marine over the weekend.

Police in Euroa, Australia are still working to determine what happened Saturday, according Australian newspapers.

In a YouTube video posted online, you see Cherilyn McGraw of Hampstead on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, playing a game of "Stuff Your Down Under Pants," in an effort to win a trip for two to Australia.

McGraw won the game, and according to multiple reports, she and her 33-year-old husband, Gunnery Sgt. Brandon McGraw, took that trip this past weekend.

The Australian papers say paramedics arrived to find McGraw in cardiac arrest, and he died at the scene of the crash.

Police in Euroa are said to be compiling their reports to submit to the coroner's office for further review.

Camp Lejeune says McGraw was a well-trained free fall parachutist, who was assigned to Company G, 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion. His wife is an exceptional children teacher at Topsail High School in Hampstead.

No word yet on any funeral arrangements for McGraw.


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