Westporter Roger Muchnick was one of 7 Marines killed Monday, when a mortar round accidentally exploded during training in Nevada. Several other Marines were also injured.
Muchnick — a 2008 graduate of Staples High School — had served 2 tours in Afghanistan.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the Marines involved in Monday’s accident are part of the Second Marine Division based at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.
The newspaper said one Marine died at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, after being flown by helicopter from the accident site, Hawthorne Army Depot, 100 miles southeast of Reno.
Muchnick’s Facebook page was initially filled with encouraging comments, such as, “You’ll pull through.”
Today those comments turned to “Rest in Peace, brother.”