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French Camp Marine dies in hunting accident in Oregon

2:00 PM, Oct 22, 2011   |    comments
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SILVER CREEK FALLS, OR - A Marine from French Camp was shot and killed accidentally on a hiking trip with a friend Friday evening.

Christopher Ochoa, 20, was hiking to the Silver Creek Falls with his friend Raymond Westrom, 53, when he was shot by a man hunting for bears, Marion County sheriff's spokesperson Don Thomson said.

Gene Collier, 67, of Turner, Ore. and his 12-year-old grandson were hunting when Collier saw something move, thinking it was a bear and shot it.

Thomson said the shot hit Ochoa.

Collier and cooperated with police during the investigation. Thomson said the grandson was away from the scene during the shooting and is not considered a witness.

Detectives said Collier showed no signs of impairment due to alcohol and drugs.

Ochoa was an active Marine Corp Reservist and was supposed to report back for duty on Oct. 25.

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