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Marine Fatally Shot at DC Barracks Defined By Honor, Desire to Serve: Father

Lance Cpl. Riley Kuznia was shot and killed at about 5 a.m. Tuesday, the Marine Corps said in a statement

The father of a Marine killed in a shooting at a Marine barracks in D.C. says his son always was defined by his sense of honor and desire to serve others.

In his short life, 20-year-old Lance Cpl. Riley Kuznia loved his country, family and the outdoors, said his father, Adam Kuznia.

“He was moving up the ranks quickly,” Adam Kuznia said.

“I didn’t think he was going to be that far up and I am very proud of him,” he added.

Little is known about the circumstances under which Lance Cpl. Kuznia was shot in the head about 5 a.m. Tuesday inside the Marine Corps Washington Barracks at 8th and I streets in Southeast Washington. Officials confirmed the gunshot was not self-inflicted.

Adam Kuznia said he’s anxious for more information.

“Well, I mean I’m not blaming anybody, but I mean, from just what I’ve read, I mean if proper procedures would have been followed, I would have my kid today yet,” he said.

The commanding officer of Marine Barracks Washington released a statement that reads, in part: "We are truly saddened by this terrible loss. Riley was a highly driven and goal-oriented Marine whose positive attitude set the example here at the Barracks.”

An investigation is underway, and officials released few details on how the shooting occurred. 

Kuznia's decorations include the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

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