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Recruit dies during fitness test in last week of Parris Island boot camp

A 20-year-old recruit at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island died Monday soon after completing a physical fitness test, depot officials said Thursday.

Medics administered CPR to Adrien Augustin of Kenton, Ky., after he collapsed, officials said. He was transported to Beaufort Memorial Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, according to the depot. Augustin was scheduled to graduate from boot camp Aug. 28, and he had undergone the last part of the physical-fitness requirement.

Lt. Sharon Hyland, Parris Island spokeswoman, said the results of an autopsy conducted Monday at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston were not yet available and that an investigation is under way to determine the cause of death. Hyland said there is no suspicion of hazing or abuse.

The Department of Defense requires the Marine Corps to first notify the family of the deceased when a Marine dies and then wait an additional 24 hours before releasing information to the public.

The depot's chaplains have been called in to provide grief counseling to Augustin's fellow recruits and will conduct a private service in Augustin's memory for his platoon Sunday, she said.

"As you can imagine, in a small community like Parris Island we are saddened by the loss of any member of our Marine Corps family, and Recruit Augustin is no exception," Hyland said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the Augustin family as they work through this difficult time, and we are dedicated to providing guidance for the recruits in Adrien's platoon."

Attempts to reach Augustin's family Thursday were unsuccessful.

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