CROWLEY — Reading from a prepared statement, Lance Cpl. Mark Boterf's mother, father and older brother shared stories about the 21-year-old Marine who they described as sarcastic and humorous.
They said the young Marine was kind, compassionate and had a giving heart.
Boterf was part of a large family and was one of 10 siblings. Family members said Boterf's twin, Mike, was en route to Crowley Thursday afternoon to grieve with his family. The twins attended Crowley High School their senior year.
His older brother, Joseph Boterf, said he and his twin brothers all joined the Marines but were stationed at different bases.
Both Joseph and Mike Boterf are also Marines.
Amy Boterf, his mother, said it was by the grace of God they've made it through the tragedy.
"He had a hero's heart," she said of her son. "He didn't join to sit behind a desk; he joined saying, 'Everyday I want to go over there and I want to save people.'"
His father, Aubrey Boterf, said the family was taking the time remember the good times.
"There are a lot of memories, a lot of pain right now," he said. "We just want him to be remembered for what he was and he was a giving person."
Military investigators say the Marine was accidentally shot by a colleague while he guarded the gate entrance at Camp Lejeune on Tuesday.
The family says they don't want to talk about the investigation.
Funeral arrangements have not been made. The family is considering a public memorial as neighbors of the Marine have placed their United States flags at half mast to honor the brother and son who died too soon