WASHINGTON, DC. (THECOUNT) — Riley Kuznia of Karlstad, Minnesota, has been named as the marine killed after being shot while on duty inside his Washington, D.C. barracks.

Marines have not yet confirmed the death, however, his mother reported the 20-year-old’s death on her Facebook page.

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The fatal incident occurred Tuesday at approximately 5 a.m. eastern time at the barracks located about a mile southeast of the U.S. Capitol.

“With broken hearts we lost a loving son, cherished brother and dedicated Marine,” Markelle Kuznia posted. “We appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayer during this difficult time! Please use his Facebook account to share all the amazing memories you shared with this goofy kid. Semper fidelis! With broken hearts we lost a loving son, cherished brother and dedicated Marine. We appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayer during this difficult time! Please use his Facebook account to share all the amazing memories you shared with this goofy kid. Semper fidelis!” source

A statement from the Marine Corps says the circumstances surrounding the shooting are not yet being released, but did confirm that the wound “was not self-inflicted” and “no threat to local residents exists as this event transpired within the grounds” of the barracks located about a mile southeast of the U.S. Capitol.

“The command’s priorities are to take care of the Marine’s family and friends,” said Col. Don Tomich, commanding officer of Marine Barracks. “We want to ensure these personnel are being provided for during this challenging time.”

Kuznia graduated from Tri-County High School in 2017. District Superintendent Ryan Baron says Kuznia “was just an awesome kid … very well liked by his classmates.” Riley was crazy about hockey, and played on the district’s co-operative hockey team, Baron said.

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Karlstad is a city in Kittson County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 760 at the 2010 census. U.S. Route 59 and Minnesota State Highway 11 are two of the main arterial routes in the city. The current mayor is Mitch Borneman after the resignation of Nick Amb, source Wikipedia.

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