A Marine from the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, was killed in a dry fire exercise in California when he was struck in the chest by a bullet early in October, according to his family.
Lance Cpl. Jonothan Barnette, 24, wasn’t wearing chest protective equipment when he was hit, his family told local news stations.
In an interview with WRCBtv, an NBC affiliate based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Barnette’s mother said the family is still seeking answers on the exact circumstances of her son’s death.
“There’s an hour and 13 minutes that are unexplained to us,” the Marine’s mother, Robin Hayes, told WRCBtv.
The family said the accident is currently under investigation. A request to the Marine Corps for comment and more details was not immediately answered.
Barnette was originally from Chatsworth, Georgia, and died Oct. 3, according to his obituary.
The latest data from the Naval Safety Center’s mishap summaries includes a corresponding Oct. 3 Marine death, and says the service member died on the scene in Twentynine Palms, California.
His wife, Savannah Barnette, is pregnant with their second child.
“He will not be here to watch our daughter grow up or to be here to experience is our baby being born,” she told Chatanooga-based ABC affiliate, WTVC. “It kills me every day. Every day, it kills me.”
Barnette’s body is still in the custody of the Marine Corps as it conducts final investigations, according to these local reports, so the family has been unable to finalize funeral or memorial arrangements.
A GoFundMe campaign was set up by one of Barnette’s acquaintances to help the Marine’s young family, according to the campaign’s page.
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