Officials identify Marine found dead near barracks

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) – Officials have released the name of a Marine found dead near his barracks at Camp Lejeune last week.

The body of 25-year-old lance Cpl. Ricardo Rodriguez Jr. of Lindenhurst, New York, was found early Friday. Rodriguez was taken to Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune where he was pronounced dead.

Capt. Ryan Alvis says Rodriguez was an armory custodian with the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force.

Alvis says the Naval Criminal Investigative Service is investigating.

Rodriguez joined the Marines in 2012 and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2013. He returned from an assignment in Africa in July.

Rodriguez’s death was the second at Camp Lejeune in a two-day period last week.

Twenty-two-year-old Cpl. Alexis Aaron Alcaraz died Aug. 13 after collapsing during a training hike.

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