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S.D. Marine Killed in Apparent Houston Murder-Suicide ID'd


The San Diego-based Marine involved in an apparent murder-suicide in Houston earlier this week was identified Friday by the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego.

Sgt. Massamba Diatta was found dead around 12:15 a.m. Wednesday along with a woman at the Red Roof Inn after the couple’s 4-year-old son was found wandering the hotel lobby, according to the Houston Police Department.

The couple had been shot and died at the scene, police said.

The woman’s identity has not been released but family members identified her as Brittany Smith, 23.

Police are awaiting the autopsy results to determine who the shooter was.

“Our deepest condolences and thoughts are with the families of all involved during this difficult time,” MCRD said in a statement to NBC 7. “We are cooperating with civilian and military authorities during the investigation to collect all the details of the incident.”

Diatta was an infantryman who was assigned to the Recruiter School at MCRD in April. He was recruited from the Bronx in 2013 and promoted to his current rank Monday, according to MCRD.

He has earned a Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Service Medal and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.

Photo Credit: MCRD San Diego
Source: NBC San Diego

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