Marine killed at Lejeune was temporarily on sentry duty


This image from Facebook shows Lance Cpl. Mark N. Boterf, 21, of Crawley, Texas, who was shot and killed Tuesday night at Camp Lejeune.

Published: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 11:19 PM.

The Marine sentry shot and killed by a fellow Marine at the Camp Lejeune main gate Tuesday was temporarily assigned to sentry duty, according to base officials.

Lance Cpl. Mark N. Boterf, 21, of Crawley, Texas, was in the guard shack that separates the base’s incoming and outgoing traffic lanes when he was shot in the chest by a fellow Marine sentry at about 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Boterf joined the Marine Corps in August 2012 and was trained as a special intelligence system communicator. His decorations include the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal, according to information released late Wednesday.

Family members told media that Boterf volunteered to serve as a sentry so another Marine could take leave and get married. He was assigned to 2nd Radio Battalion.

The shooter, who has yet to be identified by Marine officials, is in custody and being questioned by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

Marine officials said Wednesday that the shooting was likely the result of a negligent discharge of the Marine in custody’s M4 Carbine.

In a public statement early Wednesday morning during the opening ceremony at Marine South, a technology exposition aboard Camp Lejeune, Brig. Gen. Robert F. Castellvi, the commanding general of Marine Corps Installations East, briefly addressed the incident.

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