The gunshot wound that killed Kuznia was not self-inflicted, said Gunnery Sgt. John Jackson, a spokesman for Marine Barracks Washington, who offered no further information about how the shooting happened.
"The incident itself is still under investigation, so at this point that's really all the details that I can confirm, but I can confirm it was not a self-inflicted gunshot wound," said Jackson, who declined to say if another Marine has been arrested in connection with Kuznia's death.
His mother Markelle Kuznia told the Associated Press on Wednesday that the Marine Corps has not explained to her how her son died.
She said her son joined the Marine Corps in 2017 and planned to marry his high school girlfriend.
"He just wanted to serve. Ever since he was little, he talked about being a solider," she told the AP.
Kuznia served as a team leader for the Guard Company at Marine Barracks Washington, a base news release said. His military awards include Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.
"We are truly saddened by this terrible loss," Col. Don Tomich, commander of the Marine installation, said in a news release. "Riley was a highly driven and goal-oriented Marine whose positive attitude set the example here at the barracks. Our thoughts and prayers are with Riley's family and friends, and our priority continues to be taking care of them during this tragic time."
First, America had to grapple with the 'storm Area 51' raid. Now black helicopters are hovering ominously over Washington, D.C.
Bloomberg's Tony Capaccio
first reported on Monday that the Army has requested $1.55 million for a classified mission involving 10 UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and a “Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility" at Fort Belvoir, Va.
In a not-so-veiled threat to the Taliban, President Donald Trump argued on Monday the United States has the capacity to bring a swift end to the 17-year-old war in Afghanistan, but he is seeking a different solution to avoid killing "10 million people."
"I have plans on Afghanistan that if I wanted to win that war, Afghanistan would be wiped off the face of the Earth," Trump said on Monday at the White House. "It would be gone. It would be over in – literally in 10 days. And I don't want to do that. I don't want to go that route."
The seizure of a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps is the latest example of how tensions between the U.S. and Iran have spilled into one of the world's most strategic and vital waterways for oil. Since May, Iran has been accused of harassing and attacking oil tankers in the strait.
As the British government continues to investigate Friday's seizure, experts worry that it raises the potential of a military clash. However, they also say it offers a lens into Iran's strategy toward the U.S.
Here is a look at what's been happening and why the Strait of Hormuz matters.