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Funeral for local Marine killed in grenade explosion
LENOX, Mass. -- A Marine from Connecticut who was killed in a training exercise explosion in Nevada is being laid to rest in Lenox, Massachusetts on Friday.
The funeral for Lance Cpl. Roger Muchnick Jr. was held in the hometown of his maternal grandparents.
23-year-old "RJ" as his family called him, was from Westport, Connecticut, but his grandparents live in Lenox.
CBS6 spoke with RJ's grandfather on Monday who said his grandson loved being in the Marines and was a natural leader.
RJ will be buried in the cemetery next to his great uncle, William Coakley, a Navy pilot killed in the Vietnam War in 1966.
Muchnick was one of seven Marines killed on March 18 when a mortar shell exploded in its firing tube during an exercise at Hawthorne Army Depot in Nevada.