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Two Married Marines Went To The Corps' Birthday Ball. Now He's Charged With Murder
Police have arrested a man who allegedly murdered his wife some time after they both attended their unit's Marine Corps Birthday Ball on Friday, Task & Purpose has learned.
Arlington County Police officers found 20-year-old Marine Lance Cpl. Natasha Rivera dead inside a hotel room in Crystal City on Saturday at about 9:40 a.m. Her husband, Cpl. Rodolfo Rivera, 24, was arrested at the scene and has been charged with murder.
The arrest was announced as a "domestic-related homicide," according to a police statement. Rivera is being held without bond in the Arlington County Detention Facility, police said.
Both Marines lived in Stafford, Virginia and were assigned to Headquarters and Service Battalion in the legal services support section at Marine Corps Base Quantico as legal services specialists. They both attended their base's birthday ball together on Friday evening at the Crystal Gateway Marriott hotel, a source familiar with the matter told Task & Purpose.
The victim, whose maiden name is Soto, had just given birth to a baby boy in September and was still on maternity leave, according to the source.
"We are shocked and saddened by this tragic loss. Our deepest sympathies are extended to the Marines and families involved," Maj. Ken Kunze, a MCB Quantico spokesman, told Task & Purpose in a written statement.
Kunze added that base officials were notified of the alleged murder and arrest on Saturday and were cooperating fully with the investigation, which is being carried out by the Arlington Police Department and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.
According to Marine Corps records, Quantico was both Marines' first duty station and neither had ever deployed. Their only awards were the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
Rodolfo enlisted from Cook County, Illinois on March 14, 2016; Natasha enlisted from Brooklyn, New York on April 17, 2017.
A friend of Natasha's who went to boot camp with her has started a GoFundMe campaign for her family to pay for expenses and to help raise her infant son. "She had such a great presence," wrote Olivia Golden. "Anything you can offer will help immensely."
Correction: A previous version of this article said both Marines were assigned to legal assistance branch. It has been changed to reflect that they were assigned to legal services support section.
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Erdogan agreed on Thursday in talks with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence a five-day pause in the offensive to allow time for the Kurdish fighters to withdraw from a "safe zone" Turkey aims to establish in northeast Syria near the Turkish border.
President Trump stoked confusion Friday by declaring the U.S. has "secured the Oil" in the Middle East amid continued fallout from the Turkish invasion of northern Syria that he enabled by pulling American troops out of the region.
It wasn't immediately clear what the president was talking about, as there were no publicly known developments in Syria or elsewhere in the Middle East relating to oil. White House aides did not return requests for comment.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. State Department investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state has found no evidence of deliberate mishandling of classified information by department employees.
The investigation, the results of which were released on Friday by Republican U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley's office, centered on whether Clinton, who served as the top U.S. diplomat from 2009 to 2013, jeopardized classified information by using a private email server rather than a government one.
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Gabriel D. Blackledge, 18, of Cambridge, is facing one count of making terrorist threats, a third-degree felony, filed by the Guernsey County Sheriff's Office on Thursday. Blackledge remained incarcerated in the county jail on a $250,000 bond with no 10 percent allowed, according to the sheriff's office's website.