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U.S. Marine from Minnesota shot dead while on duty in Washington, D.C.

The Marine died from a gunshot wound that was not self-inflicted.

A 20-year-old United States Marine from Minnesota was shot and killed while on duty in Washington D.C. early Tuesday morning. 

The name of the victim hasn't been released by the U.S. Marine Corps, but the mother of the Marine identified him as Riley Kuznia of Karlstad, Minnesota. 

A release from the USMC says the Marine died from a gunshot wound while on duty at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C. It happened around 5 a.m. on New Year's Day, and a media specialist with the USMC says it not a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

Further details about how he was shot have not been released. 

"With broken hearts we lost a loving son, cherished brother and dedicated Marine. We appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayer during this difficult time! Please use his Facebook account to share all the amazing memories you shared with this goofy kid. Semper fidelis!" Markelle Kuznia wrote on Facebook. 

Kuznia was a 2017 graduate of Tri-County High School in northwest Minnesota and was a member of the Kittson County Central Bearcats hockey team. He wore No. 7 and played forward, according to MN Hockey Hub. 

"The command's priorities are to take care of the Marine's family and friends," said Col. Don Tomich, commanding officer of Marine Barracks. "We want to ensure these personnel are being provided for during this challenge time." 


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