WARREN, Mich. (AP) – The sister of a Marine aboard a helicopter that crashed during training off the Florida Panhandle says he was killed in the wreck.
Brandy Peek told The Associated Press on Thursday that military officials have identified 27-year-old Marcus Bawol from remains recovered after Tuesday night’s crash.
Bawol originally was from Warren, north of Detroit. He was among seven Marines and four soldiers aboard the helicopter when it went down in heavy fog between the mainland and a barrier island facing the Gulf of Mexico.
Peek says her parents were notified of her brother’s death by officials with the Marines.
She says her brother “loved everything about the military” and “wanted to fight” for his country.
Peek was the second Marine to be identified. The sister-in-law of Marine Kerry Kemp says he was also killed in the crash.