DAYTON, OH – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) issued the following statement after reports that U.S. military officials identified the bodies of four Marines killed in a helicopter crash Tuesday. The men, including Gunnery Sgt. Derik Richard Holley of Dayton, Ohio, were killed during a training mission in the California desert. Holley was a CH-53 helicopter crew chief.

“Gunnery Sgt. Holley’s passing is heartbreaking news for Ohio and for our nation,” said Brown. “Connie and I join the Montgomery County community in prayers of peace and comfort for Holley’s friends and family, as we commit to honor his memory and the ultimate sacrifice he made for our country.”