Phx marine found dead in barracks

Posted: Updated:
By Marceline Mcmacken By Marceline Mcmacken

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- A Marine from Phoenix, Arizona was found deceased inside a barracks room early this morning at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego.

He has been identified as 20 year old Lance Corporal Martin Lopez, Jr. 

The MCRD Public Relations office says another marine found Lopez in his room, unresponsive.  Emergency Medics responded, but declared Lopez deceased at the scene.

Lopez was trained as a Finance Technician. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2009 and was promoted to Lance Corporal in 2011. Lopez received awards during his service such as the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

The Naval Criminal Investigative service is handling the investigation, which MCRD Public Relations says is normal protocol for any deaths in their base. The cause of death has not been determined yet.