CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (CNS) -- Marine officials reported that a 23-year-old Marine from Minnesota was killed during a nighttime parachute training activity at Camp Pendleton.
Cpl. Ryan L. Pape, of Grand Forks, Minn., was involved in a low-level, static line parachute training exercise when he died Thursday night, Camp Pendleton officials said.
The son of a farmer enlisted in the Marines after his big brother, Cpl. Riley Pape, was killed in a motorcycle crash near Camp Pendleton on May 18, 2005, according to the Grand Forks Herald. Both Marines were Iraq veterans and had seen combat operations in Anbar province.
A third Pape brother has completed his military career and is farming near East Grand Forks, N.D., the newspaper there reported.
"It's just crushing -- that's the only word that fits -- just crushing that they've lost two sons," said Mike McNamara, a family friend who had served with Riley Pape in Iraq.
The family's pastor, Rev. Charles Johnson, told the Herald that Ryan Pape "was very proud to be a farmer, but after his brother was killed, he wanted to go into the military."
All parachuting exercises of the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, which Pape belonged to, has been suspended until the Naval Safety Center finishes their investigation, officials said. But the Marine Corps has not released any details about the incident.
Pape joined the Marines in October 2005, and his service awards include an Iraq Campaign Medal and a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
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