NCIS investigating the death of Marine embassy guard in Nigeria

Cpl. Elwin Ramirez

Dominique Williams

The Sacramento Bee

(TNS)

An investigation is underway after the death of a U.S. Marine security guard from Lodi who was serving at the American embassy in Nigeria.

Cpl. Elwin Ramirez was an infantryman, according to a Facebook post by the Marine Security Guard-MSG Duty page on Monday. There were no details on the date or manner of his death.

“We are working closely with our State Department partners and cooperating fully with NCIS and their ongoing investigation,” the post stated.

Naval Criminal Investigative Service spokesperson Jeff Houston told the Marine Corps Times the service is doing a thorough investigation as they would “in response to any non-combat, medically unattended deaths of Department of the Navy service members.”

A Marine carry team transferred his remains Thursday to Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, according to the Marine Corps Times.

Edison Ramirez, 18, remembered his older brother as a loving and caring person who was always happy and willing to serve his country, the Lodi News Sentinel reported. Elwin graduated from Lodi High School in 2019.

Edison Ramirez said Elwin texted him a few days before his death, asking Edison for his email address.

“I asked why, and he said in case something happens to him,” Edison Ramirez told the Lodi newspaper. “Then I never heard from him again.”

Edison Ramirez said Elwin was set to leave the Marines in the next few months and planned to move to San Diego with his new fiancée. The couple planned to marry after he was discharged.

His brother said Elwin hoped to join the California Highway Patrol or FBI.

A total of about $7,100 of a $10,000 goal had been raised as of early Saturday afternoon to help cover funeral expense. To contribute, visit the family’s GoFundMe.com page.

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