Seabee who was shot and killed at military housing area near Keesler AFB is identified

The sign for the Naval Construction Battalion Center in Gulfport.


By ROBIN FITZGERALD | The Sun Herald | Published: October 15, 2018

BILOXI, Miss. (Tribune News Service) — The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is investigating the fatal shooting of a Seabee at a military housing area early Saturday, spokesmen have confirmed.

The victim was Seaman Grace Kayla Davis-Marcheschi, a Builder Constructionman from Oregon, NCBC Public Affairs Officer Brian Lamar said.

She was assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133 in Gulfport, and had been temporarily assigned to the NCBC Security Office, Lamar said.

She was shot at a military housing area managed by Keesler Air Force Base, Lamar said. Her age was not immediately available.

The shooting occurred in the East Falcon Park neighborhood off Pass Road and McDonnell Avenue near Keesler’s west gate, said Capt. David Murphy, Keesler public affairs spokesman. The off-base housing area has three- and four-bedroom brick homes.

No details have been released on whether the shooting happened inside or outside a residence, or if Davis lived at the residence.

It’s also unclear if the shooting was a homicide or suicide and whether anyone has been taken into custody.

Both Murphy and Lamar confirmed that NCIS is in charge of the investigation.

Marcheschi had been assigned to NMCB 133 since Jan. 8, 2018, Lamar said.

She began her career as a student at the Naval construction Training Center on Sept. 9, 2017. She graduated from the Builder Constructionman course on Nov. 22, 2017, he said.

Her hometown was not immediately available.

Lamar said the investigation is ongoing and “no further information regarding the circumstances of death are available.”

Capt. Bill Whitmire, commanding officer of NCBC, offered condolences to Marcheschis’ coworkers, friends and loved ones, as well as the entire NCBC community, Lamar said.

NCBC is home to the Navy’s Atlantic Fleet Seabees, the Navy’s construction battalions. The base occupies a 1,100-acre industrial complex south of 28th Street/ The area is several blocks north of the U.S. 90 beachfront highway and several blocks west of U.S. 49.

The Navy’s other NCBC is in Port Hueneme, Calif.

The Navy recorded a total of 15 homicides in 2017 and 76 suicides, according to an annual crime report compiled by NCIS.

Of the Navy’s homicides in 2017, nearly half occurred at a residence and 13 occurred at off-base locations. Domestic-related deaths were 19 percent of the homicides and 19 percent of suicides, the report shows.

Of 76 suicides in 2017, 17 percent were domestic related, according to the NCIC report.

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