A Marine from Hawley, in Wayne County in northeastern Pennsylvania, died Sunday in Afghanistan, the Defense Department said yesterday.

Pfc. Serge Kropov, 21, died in Helmand province of a "nonhostile incident" that is under investigation, the department said.

He was assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 16, Third Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Air Station in Miramar, Calif.

- Inquirer staff