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NCIS investigating shooting death of Marine in housing on Quantico
The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is investigating the shooting death of a Marine on base late Saturday night.
The Provost Marshal’s Office and fire and rescue personnel responded to the residence of Cpl. Daniel B. Vilevac after getting a 911 call about midnight. They found him unconscious, according to a statement released Monday by the Marine Corps Base Quantico Public Affairs office. Vilevac, 23, was pronounced dead on scene shortly after emergency personnel arrived.
He lived in residential housing on the main side of the base, according to 2nd Lt. Matthew Rojo, who works in the public affairs office.
The circumstances surrounding the shooting are under investigation by NCIS. Rojo did not know the type of weapon involved, but the base statement called the shooting “an isolated incident.”
Saturday’s incident was the fourth shooting death of a Marine on the Quantico base this year. Three people were killed on March 21 in what officials called a murder–suicide inside a barracks for staff at Officer Candidates School.
Officials said tactics instructor Sgt. Eusebio Lopez, 25, shot 19-year-old Lance Cpl. Sara Castro Mata and 23-year-old Cpl. Jacob Wooley. Lopez, of Pacifica, Calif., taught at the school, Castro Mata, of Oakley, Calif., was a warehouse clerk there, and Wooley, of Guntown, Miss., was a field radio operator and worked with the school.
Attempts to get an update on that investigation were unsuccessful Monday.
Vilevac was a native of Cuyahoga, Ohio, who joined the Marine Corps in 2008. He served as a rifleman assigned to Charlie Company at The Basic School, where he was an enlisted instructor–advisor, the base statement said.
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