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Marine shooter identified in Quantico killings
Shortly after 10:30 p.m., base and Prince William County police responded to a 911 call, officials said, and the base immediately went into lockdown.
Law enforcement personnel discovered the bodies of Sgt. Lopez, a machine-gunner from Pacifica, Calif.; Cpl. Jacob Wooley, 23, a radio field operator from Guntown, Miss.; and Lance Cpl. SaraCastromata, 19, a warehouse clerk from Oakley, Calif.
Family members also are trying to figure out what happened.
“When I heard the news, my heart sank and I felt like I couldn’t breathe, I was trembling so bad,” said Yolanda Linares, a cousin of Cpl. Castromata. “We are all just still in disbelief. We just want her back with us.”
Ms. Linares described her cousin as “a very bright woman [who] always had a beautiful smile on her face.”
“She was always happy, loving, caring, a great person to have had in your life,” Ms. Linares said. “She was there when you needed her.”
“We were all really proud of her for making such a big decision; she was extremely passionate about it,” she said. “She took charge of her life and for her to become a Marine, we all couldn’t be more proud of her for having the strength, courage and heart to serve and protect this country.”
Investigators are trying to figure out a motive for the shooting, and a “love triangle” is speculative at this time, according to Marine Corps officials.
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