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Soldier, former Kenmore East student, dies in Texas

A 28-year-old former Kenmore East High School student has been identified as the soldier who died after being found at the bottom of a stairwell early Sunday morning at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, authorities have confirmed.

Spc. Ian Patrick Morgan, assigned to the 56th Signal Company, died Sunday in San Antonio Military Medical Center, U.S. Army officials confirmed Monday.

Fellow soldiers discovered the critically injured Morgan at the bottom of an outdoor stairwell near his barracks early Sunday morning.

“Homicide is not being ruled out,” one Army official said after being asked whether this was considered a homicide, suspicious death or accident.

Several media outlets in Texas have reported that Morgan apparently suffered blunt-force trauma to the head, among other injuries.

As they continue their investigation, military officials would not confirm or deny those reports.

“I don’t know, and if I did, the investigation is ongoing, and we don’t want to jeopardize that,” Col. Scott Bleichwehl, of the U.S. Army North Public Affairs, said Monday. “We want to make sure for this soldier and his family that everything is being done in the right way and with the right timing.”

Police still are interviewing fellow soldiers and anyone else who may have information about the events leading to Morgan’s death.

Morgan attended Kenmore East through 2004, and teachers who remembered him described him as polite, respectful and well-liked, Ken-Ton school officials said in a news release Monday.

“Our sympathies are extended to the family and friends of Spc. Morgan, and we thank him for representing our country,” School Superintendent Mark P. Mondanaro stated in the release.


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