Three children died inside of a military base in North Carolina. Although they were supposed to be safe while under watch by the American military, the three children, whose ages are not reported, all died on April 16, 2022 in two incidents that were unrelated on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. Although authorities are being tight-lipped about the causes of these children’s deaths, they did confirm that there were no shootings and that they did not make any arrests in connection to the untimely deaths of these little children.
“We are aware of the tragic passing of three dependent children in two separate incidents on MCB Camp Lejeune April 16, and offer our deepest condolences to the families of those affected,” Camp Lejeune spokesman Ace A. Padilla said in a statement. “There was no shooting incident tied to either event.”
The deaths of the three children are currently under investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. It is not clear if they’re looking to find suspects or if these deaths will be deemed accidental.
“Out of respect for the families and the investigative process, we are not providing additional information and NCIS does not comment on or confirm details relating to ongoing investigations,” Padilla added.
The children’s deaths come just a few days after two Marines died when their tactical vehicle overturned outside of the same North Carolina base. Now, since children are dying too, people are growing concerned over the safety protocols at the base and whether or not people are taking safety to heart during the course of the day.
The crash involving the Marines killed Lance Corporal Jonathan Gierke, 19, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, and Private First Class Zachary Riffle, 18, of Kingwood, West Virginia. While these were the only two uniformed men who died, seventeen other people were injured as a result of the crash involving the tactical vehicle.
The crash occurred about five miles outside of the military base on the intersection of US 17 and Highway 210 between Verona and Holly Ridge. The Marines lost control of the vehicle and it flipped over, killing them and injuring others. Louis Barrera was behind the wheel of the truck that was carrying nineteen other Marines.
He has been charged with two counts of vehicular homicide.
Now, with three more deaths at the hands of Camp Lejeune, many are wondering if something is wrong with the base or if these incidents are just a string of bad luck. With seventeen people injured and three children dead, it’s hard to imagine that this is just a coincidence.
Update: The Naval Criminal Investigative Service has released a statement saying that they do not suspect foul play in the deaths of the three children on Camp Lejeune.
“After a thorough review of the evidence and information gathered during the course of our investigation into the deaths of three children on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, NC, we have determined that there is no foul play suspected,” the statement said. “We offer our deepest condolences to the families affected by these tragic deaths.”
The cause of death for the three children has not been released, but it is believed that they died of natural causes. The NCIS is continuing to investigate the deaths.
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