Skip to main content

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." 

Next Up


New vendor to open at Rosedale Center food hall

POTLUCK Food Hall offers a rotating collection of local restaurants and food retailers.


Woman charged in drunk driving incident that killed Minnetonka HS alum

Nate Stratton, 20, died from his injuries on Sept. 18.


Inver Grove Heights father killed during suspected burglary

Three people were arrested in connection to the homicide.


St. Paul's upcoming Spring Break restaurant will celebrate the 1980s

The restaurant is one of two new concepts bring brought to downtown St. Paul by local Chef Brian Ingram.

Screen Shot 2022-09-27 at 11.19.05 AM

Man found shot dead on south Minneapolis sidewalk

The victim was found dead on a sidewalk in the Bryant neighborhood.


49th suspect charged in Feeding Our Future fraud investigation

The suspect had booked a flight to Istanbul before being arrested.


Nearly 60 lbs of drugs seized in Rochester, 3 charged

The drugs consisted of cocaine, methamphetamine, fentanyl and marijuana.

Minneapolis skyline

Climate change in Minnesota is clearly seen at night

A lot of warm days and far fewer chilly nights.

Hennepin County Medical Center, HCMC

Driver, 83, killed in collision with semi-truck in Northfield

The Northfield man died at Hennepin County Medical Center.

Taco Bell

Impatient driver who fatally struck woman outside Taco Bell sentenced

Tammy Renae Olson was sentenced to four years in prison.


Marine killed on duty had just spent Christmas with family in MN

A fundraiser for the 20-year-old's family has raised more than $10,000.

Charges: Marine from MN was shot dead by fellow Marine in D.C.

The Marine has been charged with Riley Kuznia's murder.

police lights squad car dark - Unsplash

Double murder in northeastern Minnesota, suspect kills himself after chase

The suspect died at the scene from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

California officer killed on duty is a Minnesota native

Officer Kirk Griess spent his childhood in Minnesota.

Sheriff: Man shot dead in his southeast MN home

The 49 year old died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Police ID couple found dead near Chippewa County cemetery

One of them died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Customs officer found dead at Minnesota-Canada border entry

The officer died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.