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Marine that fell from Waikiki hotel had been drinking

Luke Monahan Luke Monahan
Monahan was staying at this hotel when the fatal accident occurred Monahan was staying at this hotel when the fatal accident occurred
Monahan was seen in this 7th story lounge area Monahan was seen in this 7th story lounge area
Monahan's body was found down in this parking area the following morning Monahan's body was found down in this parking area the following morning

By Tim Sakahara - bio | email

WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - There's new information in the case of the U.S. Marine that fell to his death from a Waikiki hotel over the weekend.  No foul play is suspected but the medical examiner's office says the 19-year-old did have alcohol in his system.

Luke Monahan was inside the Ilima Hotel Friday night and early Saturday morning.  A witness last saw him on the 7th story lounge area and nothing seemed unusual.  But at 8:00 a.m. his body was found in the second story parking area. 

The medical examiner says he died from the fall and that his blood alcohol level was .087.

Neighbors say there was a group of men partying and being loud that night but it's unknown if it was Monahan's group.

Monahan is from Southern California.  He came to Marine Corps Base Hawaii five months ago.  He hadn't deployed yet but was scheduled to go to the Big Island for training with his unit this week and his battalion is expected to deploy overseas this fall.

His Facebook page is full of condolences like, "We love you to pieces, Luke! One mistake can change a life so fast."

There are two investigations involving this case. The Honolulu Police Department has the lead, and because the victim is a marine, and there were two other marines there that night, the military is also trying to figure out what happened.

"Regardless of the investigation outcome, the tragic result is that the Marines have lost one of their own and not in combat," said Maj. Alan Crouch, Marine Corps Base Hawaii.

 

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