Funeral Friday for Westport Marine Killed in Training Accident

Lance Cpl. Roger Muchnick was killed in a Nevada explosion March 18.

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    JOE CAVARETTA, AP and Encompass Digital Media
    Photo of Roger Muchnick from Encompass Digital Media, Inc., DVIDS Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System. May 20, 2005 AP file photo shows storage bunkers at the U.S. Army Depot in Hawthorne, Nev. Seven Marines from a North Carolina unit were killed and several injured in a training accident at the Hawthorne Army Depot, the Marine Corps said Tuesday, March 19, 2013. The cause of the accident, that occurred shortly before 10 p.m. PST, Monday, March 18, is under investigation, officials said in a statement from the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp LeJeune, N.C. The Hawthorne Army Depot stores and disposes of ammunition. The facility is made up of hundreds of buildings spread over more than 230 square miles. (AP Photo/Joe Cavaretta, File)

    Funeral services are scheduled in western Massachusetts for a Marine from Connecticut killed in a training exercise explosion in Nevada this month.

    The service for 23-year-old Lance Cpl. Roger Muchnick Jr. is set for 11 a.m. Friday at St. Ann's Church in Lenox, Mass., the hometown of his mother's parents.

    Muchnick was born in Philadelphia, but grew up in Westport where he graduated from Staples High School in 2008. He attended Eastern Connecticut State University, where he played lacrosse.

    He was one of seven Marines killed March 18 when a mortar shell exploded in its firing tube during an exercise at Hawthorne Army Depot.

    Muchnick will be buried in the St. Ann's cemetery next to his great uncle, William Coakley, a Navy pilot killed in the Vietnam War in 1966.

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