Flags to be lowered to honor fallen Marine

TRENTON - Gov. Christie has ordered flags at all state buildings to be flown at half-staff Friday to honor a fallen Marine corporal. The flags will be lowered in tribute to Derek Kerns, 21, of Woodstown, who was killed last week in a training mission in Morocco.

Kerns joined the Marines in September 2008, shortly after he graduated from Woodstown High School. He was a MV-22 crew chief with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 261, Marine Aircraft Group 26MV-22, and was based at New River Air Station in North Carolina.

Kerns was recently married and the father of a 3-month-old son.    - AP