The family of a US Marine killed during a training accident are demanding answers after the circumstances surrounding the accident were never revealed.
Private First Class Tyler Knight Cox was only 19 when he died during a training operation at Camp Lejeune, and the military has not been terribly forthcoming about why he was killed.
“I’m filled with great rage, because our family was robbed of (Cox), and we may never get an explanation,” Cox’s mother, Sara Cox, said in a letter read by Pastor Juli Camarin at the Marine’s memorial. “Our family is forever broken. Nothing will ever be the same.”
The training accident was under the supervision of Cox’s unit, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, where Cox served as an infantry rifleman.
While Camarin remembered Cox as a young boy, she also recounted his demeanor after he graduated boot camp.
“He was a magnificent Marine. So calm and so confident. And a presence in the room, like he had found his calling,” she said.
Fellow Marine Kenyon Phipps also remembered his friend during the service, recounting how Cox fell asleep on security duty standing against his rifle.
“We do know that he wouldn’t want us to be upset or sad,” Phipps said. “If he could be up on this stage with me, he would either be doing something completely crazy, or doing that cheeky smile.
“We all miss you, and we will see you one day.”
According to Task & Purpose, Cox was laid to rest in his native Iowa over the weekend.
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