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Five Marines Confirmed Dead in Helicopter Crash During Training Flight outside San Diego

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A military helicopter that went missing on a flight from Nevada to California was located by rescuers Wednesday morning. All five Marines who were aboard when it went down in the mountains outside San Diego Tuesday night have been confirmed dead, the Marines announced Thursday morning.

“It is with a heavy heart and profound sadness that I share the loss of five outstanding Marines from 3d Marine Aircraft Wing and the “Flying Tigers” while conducting a training flight last night,” Major General Michael Borgschulte said in a statement. “These pilots and crew members were serving a calling greater than self and were proud to do so. To the families of our fallen Marines, we send our deepest condolences and commit to ensuring your support and care during this incredibly difficult time.”

The Marines were on a training flight aboard a CH-53E Super Stallion from Creech Air Force Base outside Las Vegas to Marine corps Air Station Miramar Tuesday night and were eventually reported “overdue,” the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing said Wednesday.

National Review reports the helicopter was discovered near its last known location over the Cleveland National Forest, a 720 square mile area of mostly undeveloped land that lies approximately 50 miles east of San Diego.

Pine Valley, where the helicopter was located, is part of the San Diego County Mountains — a region that was under a winter storm warning at the time of the crash. The National Weather Service warned of “Heavy wet snow. Additional snow accumulations of 6 to 10 inches with 10 to 14 inches on the highest peaks. Winds gusting as high as 60 mph tonight and early Thursday.”

The San Diego Sheriff’s Office dispatched a helicopter to begin the search immediately, but the aircraft was called off due to the “atmospheric river” still flooding Southern California. The region has been battered by record-setting rain since Sunday — three people in the state have been killed by falling trees as the storm spawned flooding and mudslides.

Efforts to recover the bodies are ongoing and an investigation into the crash is underway.

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Feds tell Just The News ‘Georgia student’s accused killer entered U.S. illegally, was paroled under Biden policies’

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The man who murdered 22 year-old Georgia nursing student Laken Riley has been confirmed as suspect Jose Ibarra, an illegal Venezuelan immigrant who was released prior to the murder under Biden administration policies.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) confirmed Sunday that the Venezuelan man was Jose Ibarra. 26 year-old Ibarra entered the U.S. illegally, was arrested by Customs and Border Protection agents on Sept. 8, 2022, after he unlawfully entered the U.S. near El Paso, Texas, but was “paroled and released for further processing,” ICE said.

Ibarra was arrested again a year later, on Sept. 14, 2023, by NYPD officers and charged with acting in a manner to injure a child under 17 and a motor vehicle license violation, ICE added, reports Just The News.

Riley was murdered near the University of Georgia campus in Athens on Friday was directly impacted by the “liberalization of immigration policies by Democrats”. Just The News adds “Federal immigration officials said the Venezuelan national was released by New York authorities before a detainer could be issued. As a so-called sanctuary city, New York generally prevents police from complying with ICE detainers.”

“The official timeline of Ibarra’s immigration record only renewed ire among Republicans demanding that President Joe Biden tighten border security and that prosecutors deliver  swift justice to Riley’s killer” writes Just The News.

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