While investigators try to figure out what caused the deadly accident in Hawthorne, the military is turning its attention to the families of the marines who were killed or injured. Brigadier General Jim Lukeman held a press conference in North Carolina on Tuesday afternoon.
"We send our prayers and condolences to the families of the marines and sailors that have been killed and injured in this tragic accident," says Lukeman. "Our first priority is to provide them with the support they need during this very difficult time, and we're doing that right now."
The military hasn't released the names of the injured or those killed because they need to notify their next of kin. The identities will be released 24 hours after families have been notified. The military is also looking at the ammunition that was being used at the time, to see if they can find out exactly what happened.
In the meantime, an entire military community in North Carolina is in mourning. "We appreciate your support as we mourn the loss of these brave marines who gave their lives to defend the nation," said Lukeman. "We will remember their courage and their sacrifice."
Each family is assigned a casualty assistance officer who will help them with funeral arrangements and guide them through this difficult time.
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