Marine base shooting victim was 'full of dreams'

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 25, 2013 at 4:22 pm •  Published: March 25, 2013
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OAKLEY, Calif. (AP) — A Marine from Northern California who was shot and killed at a base in Virginia was remembered by loved ones as a brave woman who was full of dreams.

Lance Cpl. Sara Castromata, 19, of Oakley joined the Marines because she believed it was the toughest military branch and she was a tough girl, her family told reporters on Sunday.

Now, devastated loved ones are making arrangements to bring her body back home to prepare for a funeral.

"I cannot believe it, you don't want to believe it," her older sister, Gabriela Castro, 30, told KGO-TV.

Officials say Castromata was killed Thursday by Sgt. Eusebio Lopez of Pacifica, Calif., at the Marine Corps Base in Quantico in northern Virginia.

Lopez also fatally shot Jacob Wooley of Guntown, Miss., a field radio operator, before killing himself, officials said.

The three people worked at a school that tests Marines who want to become officers, but officials have not released their relationship or a motive for the shooting. Their bodies were found in Taylor Hall barracks, where those who work at the school live. The candidates for officer live elsewhere on base.