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Marine killed in tank fire during training exercise in California

Sept. 18, 2013 at 1:34 AM

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif., Sept. 18 (UPI) -- A 21-year-old U.S. Marine was killed when a tank caught fire during a training accident in the California desert, his family says.

Three other Marines were injured Monday, CBSLA.com reported. The accident occurred at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, near Palm Springs.

Cpl. Nick Sell spent seven months in Afghanistan last year, relatives told CBS. They said he was based at Camp Pendleton near San Diego.

His family said the death is under investigation.

"Nick was a selfless and loving person," his cousin, Colleen McMahon, said. "Everyone called him brother. He was always volunteering to help with anything or be there for anyone -- USMC, family, or friend-related. He held the titles of corporal, Eagle Scout, son, brother, uncle, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend -- roles that are now void in so many lives."

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