Police are looking for the driver of a car that hit and killed Marine Sgt. Michael Andrew Tooley earlier this month in North Carolina.
Tooley, 28, was a combat engineer whose duty at the time of his death was as a drill instructor with the support battalion at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, said Marine Corps spokesman Capt. Matthew Finnerty.
Tooley’s commander, Lt. Col. Tracy Perry, said “the loss of any Marine under any circumstance is a tragedy, especially in this situation.”
“We offer our deepest condolences to the family of Sgt. Tooley,” Perry said. “He was a stellar Marine and will be remembered for his dedication to the Corps and the men and women he served with, as well as those he transformed into the future generation of Marines.”
During his 11 years in the Marine Corps, Tooley deployed four times: twice to Iraq and twice to Afghanistan. His military awards include the Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal and Navy Unit Commendation.
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