Family and friends of one of the Marines killed in a murder suicide Thursday at the Quantico Base are speaking out tonight.
They're remembering 23 year old Cpl. Jacob Wooley as a fun loving, competitive athlete, who loved God and his family.
"It's just a tragic loss. The whole family's saddened,"Wooley's grandmother Ruby McGill says. Wooley's friends have been stopping by her home in Corinth, Mississippi around the clock to pay their respects.
Investigators say her grandson was the first one shot to death by a fellow Marine Thursday night.
The alleged shooter has been identified as Sgt. Eusebio Lopez of Pacifica, California. Investigators say after Wooley was shot, Lopez shot Lance Cpl. Sara Castramata of Oakley, California and then turned the gun on himself. Their bodies were found in a dorm at the Officer Candidate School where all three were staff members.
Wooley's grandmother says the Marine Corps lost a good man.
"A 23 year old with the potential he had, he could have been whatever he wanted to be," McGill says.
Former classmates say he was superb athlete who excelled in many sports, but who loved his family and God even more.
"There was no question he loved his mama, and he loved his country, and anyone who knows him, knows he loved God," friend Jessie Perriman says.
A former teacher whose son grew up with Wooley says his competitive spirit made his Marine Corps career an easy transition.
"He would come to the house and they would fight over who got the recliner," Rebecca Lewis recalls. "And Jacob wouldn't give up. Or they'd be in the back seat singing at the top of their lungs on the way to baseball games you know."
Relatives say Wooley, who joined the Marines in 2009, was just months away from returning home.
The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is in charge of the case. So far, no motive has been released.
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