Marine Corps identifies 16 killed in military plane crash
Posted 8:16 a.m. Friday
Updated 12:04 p.m. Friday
Camp Lejeune, N.C. — The Marine Corps on Friday announced the names of the 16 people who died in a military plane crash in Mississippi earlier this week.
"On behalf of the Marine Corps Reserve, I extend my deepest sympathies to the loved ones of those who perished in last night's tragedy," Lt. Gen. Rex C. Mcmillian said in a statement. "The Marines and Sailor involved in this incident were among our finest. They dedicated their lives to our core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. They will never be forgotten."
The people were identified as:
Major Caine M. Goyette
Capt. Sean E. Elliot, of Orange, California
Gunnery Sgt. Mark A. Hopkins, of Chesapeake, Virginia
Gunnery Sgt. Brendan C. Johnson, of Chittenden, Vermont
Staff Sgt. Joshua M. Snowden, of Dallas, Texas
Sgt. Julian M. Kevianna, of Dallas, Texas
Sgt. Owen J. Lennon, of Rockland, New York
Cpl. Daniel I. Baldassare, of Monmouth, New Jersey
Cpl. Collin J. Schaaff, of Pierce, Washington
Staff Sgt. Robert H. Cox, of Ventura, California
Staff Sgt. William J. Kundrat, of Frederick, Maryland
Sgt. Chad E. Jenson, of Los Angeles, California
Sgt. Talon R. Leach, of Callaway, Missouri
Sgt. Joseph J. Murray, of Duval Florida
Sgt. Dietrich A. Schmieman, of Benton, Washington
Petty Ofc. 2nd Class Ryan M. Lohrey, of Middletown, Indiana
The Marine Corp is scheduled to hold a news conference on Friday at noon. Watch the event live on WRAL.com.