A Severna Park High School graduate was among seven Marines killed during a training exercise Monday in Nevada.
Lance Cpl. Taylor Wild, 21, was killed in a training event during which a mortar round exploded inside an artillery tube, according to his obituary. Marine Corps officials said that the incident occurred shortly before 10 p.m. at Hawthorne Army Depot, NV.
Patch interviewed Wild's family in November 2012, and his mother Betz spoke about how the family was coping with Taylor's third straight deployment during the holidays.
“We’re such a family of traditions,” Betz said at the time, tears filling her eyes. “It is hard that he is half a world away knowing what we are doing and knowing he is missing it.”
Taylor graduated from SPHS in 2010 and left for boot camp in October of that year. Taylor's father, now a police officer in Anne Arundel County, was in the Air Force Reserves, and both of Taylor's grandparents also served in the military.
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