Marines Killed in Quantico Shooting Identified

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Marines Killed in Quantico Shooting Identified

The identities of three U.S. Marines killed in an apparent double murder-suicide Thursday on Marine Base Quantico were released late Saturday night.

Authorities have identified 25-year-old Sergeant Eusebio Lopez of Pacifica, California as the shooter. Investigators believe that Sgt. Lopez killed 19-year-old Lance Corporal Sara Castromata of Oakley, California and 23-year-old Corporal Jacob Wooley of Guntown, Mississippi before fleeing into a barracks, where he took his own life.

All three Marines had been assigned to Officer Candidates School, where Lopez was a tactics instructor. He had joined the Marine Corps in 2006 and been deployed in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Castromata, who joined the Marines in December 2011, served as a warehouse clerk. Wooley, who joined the Corps in February 2010, was a field radio operator. Neither had been deployed overseas.

A relationship dispute is believed to be the cause of the shooting, reported News4 Northern Virginia Bureau Chief Julie Carey.

"We send our prayers and condolences to the families, fellow Marines and friends of the Marines who were lost in this tragic incident," said base commander Col. David W. Maxwell in a statement. "Our priority is to take care of and support all of those who are affected by this loss."

Police responding to reports of shots fired just before 11 p.m. initially encountered one victim and Lopez, who fled into a barracks. When authorities entered Taylor Hall, which houses staff at the school, -- they found the bodies of Lopez and the second victim.

The base was locked down during the investigation, but reopened early Friday morning. The shooting is still under investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS).

In a statement, Pentagon press secretary George Little said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was saddened to learn of the shooting.

"This tragedy, as well as the tragedy in Nevada earlier this week, took the lives of Marines who volunteered to serve their nation," Little said. "His heart and his prayers are with them and their families."

The shooting is the second tragedy the Marine Corps has faced this week. Seven members of the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force were killed Monday when a mortar shell exploded in its firing tube during an exercise at Hawthorne Army Depot in Nevada. Eight others were injured.

The Quantico base, which is about 37 miles south of Washington, is also home to the FBI's training academy. Its Officer Candidates School is the equivalent of basic training for Marines interested in becoming officers.

According to a Marine Corps website, the mission of Officer Candidates School is to train, screen and evaluate candidates. The training includes both academics and physical training such as endurance hikes and obstacle courses. Marines become second lieutenants on graduation from the 10-week program.

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Four more draft picks sign with Ravens, raising total to six

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Four more draft picks sign with Ravens, raising total to six

OWINGS MILLS -- The Ravens announced the signing of four more draft picks Friday -- OLB Kamalei Correa, DT Willie Henry, OT Alex Lewis, and WR Chris Moore.

That meant six of the 11 Ravens’ 11 draft picks were under contract at the start of Friday’s two-day rookie minicamp. OLB Matt Judon and RB Kenneth Dixon had already signed.

Correa was drafted in the second round, the first of three players the Ravens targeted to improve their pass rush. Lewis, a fourth-rounder, is expected to compete for a backup spot at either tackle position. Moore is a deep threat wide receiver who has a chance to earn immediate playing time. Henry is a run-stopping defensive lineman who has a chance to be part of the defensive tackle rotation.

First-round pick, left tackle Ronnie Stanley, still had not signed as of early Friday afternoon. However, first-round signings traditionally take the longest.

The Ravens also announced the signing of 11 undrafted free agents:

G Jarell Broxton, Baylor

DT Travon Coley, Florida Atlantic

C Anthony Fabiano, Harvard

ILB  Cavellis Luckett, Middle Tennessee St.  

K Will Lutz, Georgia St.

OT Stephane Nembot, Colorado

OLB Victor Ochi, Stony Brook

OLB Mario Ojemudia, Michigan

ILB Patrick Onwuasor, Portland St.

DT Michael Pierce, Samford

C Matt Skura, Duke

Redskins announce signing of 14 college free agents

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Redskins announce signing of 14 college free agents

One day after the NFL transaction report revealed 13 of the Redskins’ undrafted free agents, Washington added one more on Friday and confirmed all 14 signings.

The Redskins’ roster now stands at 88. Two spots remain open.

Here is this year’s class of UDFA’s (so far):

T Kevin Bowen; 6 foot 9/330-pounds; East Central (Okla.)

  • Note: The tallest player on the Redskins’ roster by an inch and third heaviest.

S Tevin Carter; 6-1/218; Utah

  • Note: Four interceptions, including one returned for touchdown, the last two seasons.

TE Michael Cooper; 6-5/257; Indiana

  • Note: Caught 17 passes for 205 yards and two touchdowns last season.

LB Shiro Davis; 6-3/256; Texas

  • Note: Recorded a combined 10 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks the last two seasons.

WR Reggie Diggs; 6-4/200; Richmond

  • Note: Totaled a combined 151 receptions, 2,058 yards and 12 touchdowns the last two seasons.

LB Ejiro Ederaine; 6-3/234; Fresno State

  • Note: Recorded 45 tackles for loss and 21 sacks in four years.

T Joe Gore; 6-6/300; Clemson

  • Note: Named third team All ACC last season.

WR Maurice Harris; 6-3/195; California

  • Note: Racked up 553 yards receiving and six touchdowns as a senior.

G Dominick Jackson; 6-6/ 315; Alabama

  • Note: Named second team All-SEC as the Tide’s starting right tackle.

RB Robert Kelley; 6-0/220; Tulane

  • Note: Rushed for 232 yards on 65 attempts last season. Also a pass catching threat.

FB Joe Kerridge; 6-0; 249; Michigan

  • Note: Rushed for 62 yards on 14 carries and hauled in five catches for 33 yards last season.

DE Anthony Lanier; 6-6/265; Alabama A&M

  • Note: Recorded 29 tackles, including 5.5 for loss, and 2.5 sacks in eight games last season.

S Geno Matias-Smith; 6-0/196; Alabama

  • Note: Made 15 starts and ranked third on the team in tackles with 72. Also had an interception.

WR Valdez Showers; 6-0/193; Florida

  • Note: Coverted defensive back and special teams standout.

The Redskins will host rookie minicamp May 13-15 in Ashburn, Va. These 14 players (and perhaps a couple more) will join the team’s seven draft picks and a handful of tryout players for on-and off-field instruction.

Former Terp Davis honors former Redskins great with jersey number

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Former Terp Davis honors former Redskins great with jersey number

Sean Davis wore No. 21 at Maryland to honor late Redskins great Sean Taylor. But after getting selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft, he ran into an issue. 

No. 21 already belonged to fellow safety Robert Golden, so Davis improvised. As he showed at rookie minicamp on Friday, he is now wearing No. 28. Why? He shared on Twitter that he wanted to honor another great former Redskins defensive back -- Darrell Green.

Pittsburgh doesn't need Davis to produce like Green right off the bat, but he could end up with a starting spot in the secondary. The Steelers ranked 30th in the NFL in pass defense last season and, paired with fellow draftee Artie Burns out of Miami, the team will likely be looking to them as rookies.