Tri-State Marine shot to death in California by fellow Marine returns home

Flags, ribbons, supports line streets in Loveland

MORROW, Ohio -- A local Marine is dead after police say he was shot in the head by a fellow Marine in California on March 2.

Cpl. Steven Kohus, of Morrow, Ohio, was found bleeding from a gunshot wound Sunday at a home in Twentynine Palms at about 9:20 p.m.

The 26-year-old, who was stationed nearby at the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities arrested 22-year-old Brock Myers who was at the home in the 7300 block of Saladin Avenue with Kohus. Myers was also stationed at the nearby combat center. Myers was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail and charged with murder. He is expected to appear in court next week. Investigators have not released any other details in this shooting.

Kohus was a 2006 Little Miami High School graduate and began serving in the Marines in 2010. Eight years ago, Wanda Crosley, created "The Wall of Honor" inside the high school after her son joined the army. Since, the wall has become a collection of photos of all graduates who have gone on to serve for our country.

Kohus' photo was added to Little Miami High School's "Wall of Honor" Friday afternoon, just before his body was returned to Ohio for the funeral.

"I made this wall for our soldier, and what they do for our community and our United States of America," Crosley said. "We have been told it was an accidental shooting. We hope that it was an accidental shooting because the other marine that is involved in this, I'm sure that his family is feeling just as much of a loss."

The marine's body returned home Saturday, and Crosley wanted to share a message for his family:

"We wanted to show the parents that we love them and we're praying for them to get through this."

Just as expected, community members and supporters lined the streets of Loveland holding American flags and yellow ribbons. 

A visitation service will be held for Kohus Tuesday, March 11 from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Tufts Schildmeyer Funeral Home at 129 N. Riverside Dr. in Loveland.

Kohus’ funeral is set for Wednesday, March 12 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Columban Catholic Church at 894 Oakland Rd. in Loveland.

More information for the services can be found on the funeral home's website.

WCPO's Jason Law contributed to this report.

Authorities are asking anyone with information to call Detective Daniel Rodriguez or Sergeant Rick Bessinger at 909-387-3589.

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