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Outpouring of Support for Family of Fallen MN Marine

A Go Fund Me Page created for fallen 20-year-old Minnesota Marine, Lance Cpl. Riley Kuznia, has surpassed its goal of $10,000. A public celebration of life will be held in his hometown of Karlstad this Friday.  A Go Fund Me Page created for fallen 20-year-old Minnesota Marine, Lance Cpl. Riley Kuznia, has surpassed its goal of $10,000. A public celebration of life will be held in his hometown of Karlstad this Friday.  | 

Updated: January 07, 2019 09:24 PM

A GoFundMe page created for the family of a Marine from Minnesota accidentally killed last week has surpassed its goal. 

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20-year-old Lance Cpl. Riley Kuznia was accidentally shot and killed by a fellow Marine at the Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C. on New Year's Day. 

RELATED: Marine from Minnesota Fatally Shot at Barracks in DC

A GoFundMe page was created to help Kuznia's family cover expenses of his burial. By Monday evening, 235 people had raised $12,531, according to the page which had an initial goal of $10,000. 

An update Monday said Kuznia's family had requested the account to be deactivated due to the amount raised. The family said they are extremely grateful and thankful for the outpouring of love and support.

RELATED: Hometown Remembers Marine Killed in Fatal Barracks Shooting

"With the excess funds received, they have been able to coordinate for some of Riley's Marine brothers to fly to MN to attend his funeral," the update read. 

Kuznia grew up in Karlstad in Minnesota. A public celebration of life has been planned for this Friday, Jan 11 at the First Lutheran Church in Karlstad. A funeral will be held the next day at Tri-County High School. 

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