HAWTHORNE, Nev. (AP/KXNT) — Hawthorne residents are raising money to benefit the families of the seven Marines who died in a training accident at the Army depot in their backyard.
The local chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars raised more than $800 in contributions for artificial budding poppies they distributed Tuesday night at a memorial service that attracted nearly 300 people to a city park across from the Hawthorne Army Depot.
Another fundraiser was held Wednesday night with a spaghetti feed at the Refinery Restaurant.
John Stroud, the national junior vice commander in chief for the VFW, says there’s not much local residents can do while the military investigates the cause of the tragic accident other than help provide comfort and care to the victims’ families.
The military has released the names of the seven Marines who died. They range in age from 19 to 26, and were part of the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force in Camp Lejeune, N.C.
The victims were identified as:
— Pfc. Joshua M. Martino, 19, of Clearfield, Pa.
— Lance Cpl. David P. Fenn II, 20, of Polk City, Fla.
— Lance Cpl. Roger W. Muchnick Jr., 23, of Fairfield, Conn.
— Lance Cpl. Joshua C. Taylor, 21, of Marietta, Ohio
— Lance Cpl. Mason J. Vanderwork, 21, of Hickory, N.C.
— Lance Cpl. William T. Wild IV, 21, of Anne Arundel, Md.
— Cpl. Aaron J. Ripperda, 26, of Madison, Ill.
Eight more Marines were injured in the accident.
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