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Family mourns Detroit Marine killed in Mississippi plane crash

Julian Keviane grew up on city's west side

DETROIT – One of the 16 service members killed in a military transport plane crash in Mississippi was a Detroit native.

Julian Keviane, 31, was killed Monday in the crash. There were 15 marines and a Navy corpsman that died in the crash.

READ: Questions linger after Marine Corps plane crash

Keviane grew up on Plainview Street on Detroit's west side and attended Detroit High School for the Fine and Performing Arts. After high school, he studied mechanical engineering at Michigan Technological University before joining the Marines.

In the Marines, he did recruiting, was a KC-130 flight crew and load master, and a flight engineers trainee.

Keviane was living with his wife in New Windsor, N.Y., near the Air National Guard base that he flew out of in Newburgh, N.Y.

His family was doing work on the Detroit home he grew up in, so they memorialized him with messages in the concrete. His brother wrote, "I am my brother's keeper."

Seven of the service members killed in the crash were an elite Marine unite based at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, the Marine Corps said Tuesday. 

The plane nosed into a soy bean field in two different places near I-82 in Itta Bena, Miss. Eyewitnesses initially thought it was a show stunt.

"Indications are something with wrong at cruise altitude," said Brig. Gen. Bradley James at a briefing in Mississippi on Wednesday. 

The transport plane was moving personnel and equipment from North Carolina to a western base to train before deploying.

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