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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.
The White House doctor still under investigation for doling out pills like a ‘candy man’ is now running for Congress
Ronny Jackson, the former White House physician and retired Navy rear admiral who had a short run as the nominee for the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2018, now plans to run for a seat in Congress.
University of Phoenix to pay $191 million for lying to troops about its close ties with major companies
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The University of Phoenix, which is owned by Apollo Education Group, has agreed to pay $191 million to settle charges that it falsely advertised close ties with major U.S. companies that could lead to jobs for students, the Federal Trade Commission said on Tuesday.
The University of Phoenix will pay $50 million to the FTC to return to consumers and cancel $141 million in student debt.
Some of the advertisements targeted military and Hispanic students, the FTC said.
As UCF research associate Shane Reynolds guides his avatar over a virtual minefield using his iPad, small beeps and whistles reveal the location of the scourge of the modern war zone: Improvised Explosive Devices, or IEDs. He must take his time to sweep every last inch of the playing field to make sure his character doesn't miss any of the often-deadly bombs.
Despite his slow pace, Reynolds makes a small misstep and with a kaboom! a bomb blows up his player, graphically scattering body parts.
The Navy has posthumously awarded aviator and aircrewman wings to three sailors killed in last week's shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola.
"The selfless acts of heroism displayed by these young Sailors the morning of Dec. 6 are nothing short of incredible," Chief of Naval Air Training Rear Adm. Daniel Dwyer said in a statement.