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Officials ID female Seabee shot and killed at a military housing

A Seabee was fatally shot Saturday at East Falcon Park, an off-base housing neighborhood managed by Keesler Air Force Base. The Seabee has been identified as Grace Kayla Davis-Marcheschi.
A Seabee was fatally shot Saturday at East Falcon Park, an off-base housing neighborhood managed by Keesler Air Force Base. The Seabee has been identified as Grace Kayla Davis-Marcheschi. jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is investigating the fatal shooting of a Seabee at a military housing area over the weekend, spokesmen have confirmed.

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

She was shot about 11:35 p.m. Friday and died at 1:51 a.m. Saturday, said Brian Switzer, Harrison County chief deputy coroner.

Switzer was called to the scene and Biloxi police were later notified, but NCIS brought in its own people to investigate, Biloxi police Maj. Christopher De Back said.

The shooting occurred in the East Falcon Park housing area managed by Keesler Air Force Base, 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.

Her death is under investigation as a homicide, and it’s unclear if anyone has been taken into custody.

No details have been released, including whether the shooting happened inside or outside a residence, or if Marcheschi lived at the residence. Lamar said the investigation is ongoing and “no further information regarding the circumstances of death are available.”

Marcheschi had been assigned to the Seabee base in Gulfport since January, and had been temporarily assigned to the NCBC Security Office, Lamar said. She began her career as a student at the Naval Construction Training Center on Sept. 9, 2017, and she graduated from the Builder Constructionman course on Nov. 22.

Her age and hometown were not immediately 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.



Robin Fitzgerald, 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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