Update: Victim in NC Marine killing identified
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. — A Marine who was fatally shot by a fellow Marine in North Carolina has been identified.
According to Jacksonville police, Lance Cpl. Randall Buford, 21, was found dead on Friday night at the Liberty Crossing Apartments.
Lt. Adam Flores with the U.S. Marine Corps confirmed Buford is from Pisgah Forest in Transylvania County. The Transylvania Times reports he is a 2009 graduate of Brevard High School.
Police arrested Lance Cpl. Marcus Bo Hunt, 19, in connection with Buford’s death.
Officers were already en route to a report of a disturbance at the apartment where Buford was found when they heard further reports that gunshots were fired at the apartment. When they arrived, police said they found the victim had been shot in the head.
Hunt has been charged with murder, although authorities have not determined a motive.
Marine Corps officials told WITN that Buford joined in December, 2010. He was deployed to Afghanistan from January to June this year.
Both Marines were riflemen who were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune.
The suspect has not been issued a bond.
In an email to WITN, officials released the following statement:
“Our deepest condolences go out to the victim’s family during their time of loss. This matter is currently under investigation and we will continue to work with local law enforcement as needed. Ensuring our Marines’ safety and well being continues to be one of our top priorities because the loss of even one Marine is one too many.”
Editor’s note: Lt. Adam Flores initially told FOX8 that military records indicated Buford was from Pisgah, which is an unincorporated community in Randolph County. He later corrected the information after discovering the records were mistaken.