CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – Officials say a Marine was found dead near his barracks at Camp Lejeune.
The body of 25-year-old Lance Cpl. Ricardo Rodriguez Jr. of Lindenhurst, New York, was found early Friday and taken to the Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, where he was pronounced dead at 7:12 a.m., according to USA Today.
Capt. Ryan Alvis identified Rodriguez as an armory custodian in the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines – an infantry group nicknamed "America's Battalion."
Alvis says the Naval Criminal Investigative Service is looking into the cause of his death.
Rodriguez entered active duty with the Marines in January 2012 and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2013. He returned from a deployment in Africa in July.
The lance corporal's decorations included a Combat Action Ribbon and a Marine Corps Good Conduct medal.
Rodriguez's death was the second at Camp Lejeune in a two-day period last week.
Cpl. Alexis Aaron Alcaraz, 22, died on Aug. 13 after collapsing during a training hike. NCIS is also investigating his death.
Based on reporting by the Associated Press.