Marine Dies Months After Mugging

Corporal who survived Iraq shot for having only $8 in his pocket
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jun 2, 2008 4:20 AM CDT
Marine pall bearers prepare to place the casket of Marine Lance Cpl. Robert Crutchfield into a hearse after his funeral service in Cleveland.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A careful young Marine has died from bullet wounds 4 months after muggers shot him point blank in the neck while he was on leave home in Cleveland from Iraq, the AP reports. Warned that a Marine could be a robbery target, Lance Cpl. Robert Crutchfield decided to carry only $8 in his pocket, a sum that infuriated his attackers. Two men have been charged in the shooting.

“They took what he had and told him since he was a Marine and didn't have any money he didn't deserve to live,” said his aunt.