Marine Killed in Camp Pendleton Training Crash was from Auburn

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PLACER COUNTY  -- A Marine from the Auburn area was killed after a crash during training at Camp Pendleton last week.

Authorities say 29-year-old Staff Sgt. Joshua Braica was injured Saturday when a MRZR tactical vehicle he was driving rolled over at Camp Pendleton. He died Sunday at a hospital.

Everyone who knew Braica described him as the "all-American" guy.

"We greatly admired Josh," Janet O'Flaherty, a neighbor of Braica's family, told FOX40. "It seemed like he always wanted to go into the military, so then he did it a couple of years after he graduated from high school."

Two other Marines suffered minor injuries in the crash.

"There are accidents. It’s just not that common but it does happen," O'Flaherty said. "It's really pretty tragic."

Braica was a critical skills operator with the 1st Marine Raider Battalion and an eight-year veteran.

O'Flaherty says Braica was the oldest of five siblings and graduated from Placer High School in 2008.

He leaves behind a wife and young child.

"They just had a son last November," O'Flaherty said.

Now, the Auburn community is mourning along with his family.

"Time has a way of making things a little easier," O'Flaherty said. "But it’ll never replace Josh."


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