9 weeks later, investigation still open in death of Marine shot at MCAS Beaufort

Cpl. Tyler Wallingford.

By LANA FERGUSON | The (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) Island Packet | Published: June 18, 2019

(Tribune News Service) — No charges have been publicly announced more than nine weeks after a 21-year-old Marine was shot and killed in a barracks at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C.

Cpl. Tyler Wallingford, of Standish, Maine, was shot fatally at 9:30 p.m. April 12, Marine Corps officials said at the time.

Cpl. Spencer Daily, 21, was identified as a suspect in connection with the killing and was taken into custody soon afterward, officials said.

Both men were aircraft ordnance technicians with Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501.

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service, a federal law enforcement agency that investigates crimes for the Navy and the Marine Corps, is leading the investigation.

In response to an inquiry on whether charges have been filed, the NCIS declined to comment Friday on any developments in the case.

“This investigation is still active so we cannot provide comment or confirm any details at this time,” Jeff Houston with NCIS Public Affairs, wrote in an email to The Island Packet.

Just weeks after the fatal shooting in the barracks that took Wallingford’s life, Marine Pvt. Anahitdeep S. Sandhu, 20, of Kent, Wash., who also was stationed at MCAS in Beaufort, was shot and killed in Perry, Ga., on April 28.

Quavion Shaquil Rountree, 25, of Perry, Ga., was arrested and charged with murder in Sandhu’s death days later, according to the Perry Police Department.

Lance Cpl. Derrick Thirkill, 21, another Marine stationed in Beaufort, was killed in a car crash Saturday afternoon near the air station. Thirkill was from Florence, Ala.

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