Ga. Marine killed in Calif. helicopter crash

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Fayetteville- (WXIA) Over the Christmas holiday, Lance Corporal Corey Little and his wife Nicole learned they would be expecting their first child.  Just two months later, the Little family learned they'd lost Corey in a helicopter accident in Arizona this week.  An investigation is underway to determine what caused the collision that killed six other marines near the California border. 

While his family dealt with their grief inside the home where the 25-year-old Marine grew up, Nickolas Little chose to share his brother Corey's story.   He talked about a man who put his family and his country ahead of himself. 

"He always looked out for us, he was so much more than anything you could say on the news," said Nickolas. 

And instead of deterring him from joining the Marines himself, he said the crash will inspire him. 

"Throughout history people have given up so much for their country, and they've lost brothers and family members," said the college sophomore.  "There's no reason I should back out, it would honor his memory." 

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Earlier report below:

ATLANTA -- A U.S. Marine from Georgia is among the dead after an aviation training accident that killed seven Marines.

Wanda Little says her son, 25-year-old Lance Cpl. Corey Little of Fayetteville, was a Huey helicopter crew chief who died in the crash this week in California.

Officials said it could take weeks to determine what caused an AH-1W Cobra and a UH-1 Huey to crash in midair during a routine exercise Wednesday night, killing all aboard the aircraft. Skies were clear and the weather was mild.

Wanda Little said her son graduated from Sandy Creek High School in 2004 and played baseball while growing up.

The accident was one of the Marines' deadliest aviation training accidents in years.

 

(Associated Press)

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