David Fenn from Polk City is one of seven Marines killed in training exercise

11:42 PM, Mar 20, 2013   |    comments
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Seven Marines were killed and several injured in a training accident at the Hawthorne Army Depot, Nev., the Marine Corps said Tuesday. Photo courtesy Marilyn Newton, Reno Gazette-Journal



Polk City, Florida -- Friends and family are mourning the loss of a Polk County Marine who was killed in a training accident that also claimed the lives of six other servicemen and injured eight more.

20-year-old David Fenn was killed when a 6mm mortar shell exploded Monday night during mountain warfare training at Hawthorne Army Depot in Nevada.

Fenn and the others were part of the 2nd Marine Division, a ground combat force based out of Camp Lejeune, N.C.

The Marines who were killed had been in Hawthorne for a month, doing live fire training with 60mm mortars.  There's no word yet on what went wrong. 

Until the cause is identified, the military has banned the use of 60mm mortars worldwide.

A fundraising website has been created to help raise money for Fenn's family.

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