Saturday, October 8, 2016

Mystery Marine Mario Kletzke Laid to Rest by Community After Suicide

Community Comes Together for Funeral of ‘Mystery Marine’ in Stafford County
NBC 4 News Washington

By David Culver and Chelsea Cirruzzo
October 6, 2016

A Virginia community came together on Thursday to say farewell to a local veteran known as the “Mystery Marine.”

Cpl. Mario Kletzke ran up and down Route 610 in Stafford County carrying the American flag in one hand and a POW flag in the other on every Fourth of July for the past three years.

Kletzke was nicknamed the Mystery Marine on social media after most residents struggled to identify the runner. There’s even a Facebook page called the “Stafford County Mystery Marine,” with photos of Kletzke in his green Marine shorts

“How didn’t I know?” family friend Janet Martel said of the true identity of the Mystery Marine. Kletzke took his own life last week after suffering from PTSD. He was 23.

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