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The Times
  • Father: Son shot accidentally by another Marine

  • When Ken Domion’s son Alex deployed to Afghanistan for a second time, he was ready for the worst.

    “You prepare yourself for this, but not the way it happened,” the 51-year-old Richfield Springs resident said.

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  • When Ken Domion’s son Alex deployed to Afghanistan for a second time, he was ready for the worst.
    “You prepare yourself for this, but not the way it happened,” the 51-year-old Richfield Springs resident said.
    U.S. Marine Cpl. Alex Domion, 21, a Richfield Springs native, was killed Oct. 31 in a noncombat-related incident in Helmand province, Afghanistan, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.
    When notified of his son’s death, Domion was told it was another Marine in the unit who was responsible, he said.
    “Two Marines were doing unauthorized training. I don’t know what that means,” Domion said. “One of them pulled the trigger on (what he thought was) an unloaded weapon.”
    The weapon, however, wasn’t unloaded.
    There still was a round in the gun’s chamber — it discharged, killing Alex, Domion said.
    “I can only imagine how beside himself he is,” he said.
    The incident is under investigation, and no further information is being released at this time, according to U.S. Marine Corps Public Affairs.
    Alex Domion’s remains are back on American soil, and he will be buried Thursday, Nov. 29, at Arlington National Cemetery, Domion said.
    After that, the family also will have a memorial ceremony in Richfield Springs.
    At that time, a memorial will be erected next his grandfather’s grave, he said.
    Alex Domion always wanted to be in the Marines, Ken Domion said.
    “He really loved the country and it was tearing him up that (troops) were getting killed over there,” Domion said. “That’s really the reason why he decided, ‘I gotta do this.’”
    When Alex Domion first told his father about enlisting. Ken Domion’s first response was, “We’re at war,” he said. To which Alex Domion replied, “That’s why I want to go, dad,” he said.
    It still was hard to let him go, Domion said.
    “It’s been him and me since he was only 2 years old.”
    After joining the Marine Corps, Alex Domion was deployed twice — the second deployment began a few weeks prior to his death, Ken Domion said.
    “He was quite the Marine,” he said. “And they all are, but boy, he certainly made it.”
    He was about doing the right things, Domion said.
    “He absolutely was about helping people, and helping people help themselves even.”
    Alex’s death has been especially difficult on his wife, Amber Domion, he said.
    The couple was married three years ago at an early age, having been together since high school, Domion said.
    “You could tell even in high school, they fed each other instead of feeding off each other.”
    Page 2 of 2 - “I’m ungodly proud of that boy and his wife, too,” Domion said.

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