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Two Marines die in shooting, stabbing incident at Camp Lejeune

Posted June 13, 2020 5:59 p.m. EDT
Updated June 24, 2020 12:17 p.m. EDT

Lance Cpl. William J. Luce, 22, an infantry rifleman with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, passed away Monday, June 15 aboard Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. (Marine Corps)

— An active-duty Marine involved in a fatal stabbing and shooting incident at Camp Lejeune died two and a half days later, according to the Marine Corps.

Lance Cpl. William J. Luce, 22, an infantry rifleman with the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, passed away Monday, June 15.

Patrol officers with Marine Corps Base Camp responded to a 911 call at an on-base residence at approximately 4 a.m. on Saturday, June 13.

Officers discovered a man who had died from an apparent gunshot wound. They also found Luce seriously injured with multiple stab wounds.

Luce was transported to the Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune, but died from his injuries.

“The 8th Marine Regiment family is saddened by the loss of one of our own in Lance Cpl. William Luce,” said Col. John H. Rochford, commanding officer, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division.

“In recognizing the passing of Lance Cpl. Luce, we mourn the loss of this valued member of our ‘Workhorse’ regiment. Our Marines and Sailors will never forget his memory. We extend our sincerest sympathies and support to his family during this difficult time," said Rochford.

Luce's visitation and funeral services are being held at First Baptist Church in Raeford on July 3 and 4, according to a friend of the family.

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