A U.S. Marine from Buffalo was one of five Marines killed Wednesday when an Osprey helicopter crashed in the desert near the border between California and Arizona, the U.S. Marine Corps announced on Thursday.
U.S. Sen. John Barrasso confirmed the death of Seth Rasmuson on Thursday evening in a press release.
“We are deeply saddened to learn today about the death of one of Wyoming’s U.S. Marines, Seth Rasmuson,” Barrasso said.
“There is certainly more to learn about what happened yesterday, and much more we need to hear about his life and service to our country. Today, we mourn this tragic loss. Bobbi and I are holding Seth and his family in our prayers,” the senator said.
U.S. Sen. Cynthia Lummis echoed Barrasso’s sentiments.
“I am saddened to learn of the tragic loss of U.S. Marine and Buffalo native Seth Rasmuson,” Lummis said. “I am praying for comfort over his friends and family as they mourn. I take solace in Psalm 34:18, ‘The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.’”
Rasmuson graduated from Buffalo High School in 2019, according to the Buffalo Bulletin.
“We mourn the loss of our Marines in this tragic mishap,” said Maj. Gen. Bradford Gering, the commanding general of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, in a statement. “Our hearts go out to their families and friends as they cope with this tragedy.”
According to media reports, the aircraft reportedly went down at 12:25pm during training exercises near Glamis, California, approximately 115 miles east of San Diego.