Quantico Marine Base Shooting Victims ID’d: Marines Corps Base Quantico has released the names of the three killed in the Quantico Marine Base shooting: Lance Cpl. Sara Castromata, 19; Corporal Jacob Wooley, 23; and Sergeant Eusebio Lopez, 25. All three were assigned to the Officer Candidates School. The alleged shooter was identified as Sgt. Lopez, who was listed as a tactics instructor at the school. His military occupational specialty was disclosed as a machine-gunner.
The authorities were called to the base around 10:30 p.m. Thursday. They found one Marine dead at the barracks, reported as Lance Cpl. Sara Castromata. A second body was later found, with the body of the shooter, Sgt. Eusebio Lopez. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the Quantico Marine base shooting victims.
The Washington Post reports there may have been a love triangle between the three, according to a senior military official at the Pentagon speaking to the on the condition of anonymity.
On Feb. 20, in a status update, he posted, “un f**kin believable!” and joked with friends about dumping a body in the Potomac River.
The day before, on Feb. 19, he posted, “the way down to rock bottom doesnt hurt as much as when u get there …” as well as a picture with the words, “Funny how we try to move on and at the same time hold on.”
On Feb. 18, he posted, “thats it!!! 3 words to sum up life, IT GOES ON!”
Here’s an excerpt from the Marines Corps Base Quantico press release:
Lance Cpl. Sara Castromata, 19, of Oakley, Calif., served as a warehouse clerk. She joined the Marine Corps in December 2011, and was promoted to her current rank in February 2013. Castromata’s awards include the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal. She had not deployed.
Corporal Jacob Wooley, 23, of Guntown, Miss., was a field radio operator. He joined the Marine Corps in February 2010 and was promoted to his current rank in July 2012. Wooley’s awards include the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon. He had not deployed.
Sergeant Eusebio Lopez, 25, of Pacifica, Calif., was a tactics instructor at the school, and his military occupational specialty was machine-gunner. He joined the Marine Corps in May 2006 and was promoted to his current rank in July 2011. Lopez’s awards include the Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation 3rd award, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Good Conduct Medal 2nd award, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon 4th award. He had deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
NCIS has identified Sgt. Lopez as the alleged shooter.
The three Marines were pronounced dead at the scene by law enforcement personnel.
“We send our prayers and condolences to the families, fellow Marines and friends of the Marines who were lost in this tragic incident,” said Col. David W. Maxwell, commander, Marine Corps Base Quantico. “Our priority is to take care of and support all of those who are affected by this loss.”