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Twentynine Palms Marine Killed in Iraq

An infantry scout assigned to the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms has been reported killed in an accident involving his own weapon in Iraq.

The Defense Department says the MarineĀ“s weapon accidentally fired while he was sleeping and he was struck in the chest. Killed on Wednesday was 19-year-old Marine Private 1st Class Christian D. Gurtner of Ohio City, Ohio.