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Autopsy scheduled for Marine who died after night of drinking

FALLBROOK – An autopsy is scheduled for an active duty Marine who died early Sunday morning, March 28, after a night of drinking with friends, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

The male victim, Lance Cpl. Jason O. Kameroff, 21, was pronounced dead after authorities were called at 2:10 a.m. to an apartment complex at 519 Ammunition Road, according to Sgt. David Martinez.

Lt. Dennis Brugos of the County’s homicide detail said Kameroff had been at a barbecue and was drinking with a fellow group of Marines.

Kameroff’s friends had called 911 after they discovered he was not breathing, Martinez said.

Emergency crews found Kameroff on the floor of the apartment and performed CPR, which failed to revive him. The young Marine was pronounced dead less than a half-hour later, according to the sergeant.

Brugos said Kameroff’s cause of death is unknown and authorities are waiting on the autopsy results for the details.

“It’s unusual that you have a young man who died,” Brugos said. He also said it appears that at some point the victim may have been restrained.

Since drinking was taking place, the victim may have been restrained for acting out of character, Brugos said.

Brugos also said that at this time there does not appear to be anything of a criminal nature involved in the incident.

The investigation into his death is continuing.

Kameroff was a Ground Communications Organizational Repairman from Aniak, Ala., was assigned to Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif. Kameroff enlisted in the Marine Corps June 13, 2006.

His personal service awards include the National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.

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