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Veterans react to Camp Lejeune tragedy

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

While Army veteran Brandon Turner was looking for jobs at a military recruiting event in Raleigh, the deadly mortar explosion that killed seven Camp Lejeune Marines was on his mind.

"My heart just broke because you never want anything like to happen to a fellow soldier, airman, or marine," Turner said.

Other veterans are also grieving. Nathalie Igentio Cole said, "It's not just sad, but hurtful, shocking."

Retired Marine John Lundberg said, "Sadly it's not the first time, sadly it's not the last time. That's part of what happens when you're training."

Turner explained, "It's heartbreaking to know that soldiers are overseas dying but to come home for a training exercise, and to have something like that happen at home, my heart goes out to the families." Turner said live-fire training exercises can be nerve-racking, but still necessary to train for war.

"You do a risk assessment and you present it to your superior commanders and they check it off and make sure that this is going to be a safe event" he said.

The cause of the deadly explosion, is still under investigation. Military officials have suspended the use of 60 mm mortars and tubes at this time. 

Eileen Park

Eileen joined WNCN after years of working as a foreign correspondent. During her time off, she enjoys relaxing with her dogs, reading, and exploring the Triangle. More>>

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