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Marine Corps identifies 16 killed in military plane crash

Posted July 14, 2017 8:16 a.m. EDT
Updated July 14, 2017 12:04 p.m. EDT

— 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.