Marine dies after being seriously injured in Camp Lejeune stabbing-shooting incident

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Lance Cpl. William J. Luce, an infantry rifleman with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, died on June 15, 2020. (Official Marine Corps photo.)

Lance Cpl. William J. Luce, an infantry rifleman with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, died on June 15, 2020. (Official Marine Corps photo.)

A Marine who was stabbed several times during a June 13 incident at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, has died of his injuries, Corps officials confirmed.

Lance Cpl. William J. Luce died on Monday at Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune, officials said.

Luce was an infantry rifleman with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, according to the 2nd Marine Division.

The Naval Criminal and Investigative Service is looking into the incident, in which another man died of an apparent gunshot wound. The man was married to an active-duty Marine at Camp Lejeune. His name is being withheld at the request of is next of kin.

The circumstance surrounding the June 13 incident remain unclear. Patrol officers found Luce and the man at an on-base residence in response to a 911 call.

No more information about what happened was available.

“The specific chain of events is still being pieced together,” NCIS said in a statement. “NCIS is asking anyone with information about the altercation or preceding events to submit a tip either by using the NCIS Tips app which can be downloaded to a smartphone, or by using this link to provide tips via the web.”

Luce enlisted in the Marine Corps in October 2015 and completed boot camp at Parris Island, South Carolina in January 2016, a 2nd Marine Division statement says. He served with Marine Corps Security Force Battalion, Bangor, Washington, before arriving at Camp Lejeune.

His military awards include the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the National Defense Medal.

“The 8th Marine Regiment family is saddened by the loss of one of our own in Lance Cpl. William Luce,” Col. John H. Rochford said in a statement. “In recognizing the passing of Lance Cpl. Luce, we mourn the loss of this valued member of our 'Workhorse' regiment. Our Marines and Sailors will never forget his memory. We extend our sincerest sympathies and support to his family during this difficult time.”