By JB Clark
The U.S. Marine killed at Camp Lejeune on Tuesday lived in Tupelo and attended Tupelo High School before moving to Crowley, Texas, in 2010.
Lance Cpl. Mark Boterf, the 21-year-old shooting victim, and his twin brother Mike were both members of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Mike Boterf told the Daily Journal his brother was stationed with the Second Radio Battalion at Camp Lejeune and not long after told friends and family he was getting temporary orders to the Provost Marshal’s Office, the on-base police.
“But the true story was that he volunteered to take the position so another Marine could take leave to get married,” Boterf said. “That’s the kind of guy he was.”
Boterf said that is why his brother was working as a gate guard.
According to the Department of Defense, Mark Borterf was assigned to 2nd Radio Battalion, II Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group aboard Camp Lejeune. He was temporarily assigned to Headquarters and Support Battalion, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune as a Marine sentry.
The incident is being investigated by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, but officials said it appears there was an accidental discharge of an M4 service rifle at Camp Lejeune’s main gate. Boterf suffered a single gunshot wound to the chest. Emergency personnel attempted to revive him, but he was later pronounced dead at a base hospital.
The DOD said Boterf joined the Marine Corps in August 2012. He joined 2nd Radio Battalion in 2013, served as a Special Intelligence System Communicator and was promoted his current rank on Oct. 1, 2013. His awards include the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and National Defense Service Medal.
Boterf said he and his family are thankful for all the condolences and prayers.
“Just remember that Mark was a great guy,” he said. “A better man than me. And, we’ll all really miss him.”