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Machias soldier dies of stabbing in Kansas; Army confirms probe into death

Army Pvt. Thomas Lavrey was fatally stabbed Sunday in his Fort Riley, Kan., living quarters, family members confirmed Friday.

Lavrey, 21, a native of West Seneca, was stationed at the Kansas base with the 1st Infantry Division.

Barbara McNally-Lavrey, the victim's stepmother, said Friday evening the family is awaiting word on when they can make funeral arrangements in Fort Riley and Western New York.

Lavrey, whose Facebook page says he is from Machias, Cattaraugus County, was pronounced dead at Irwin Army Community Hospital, the base facility, after being found unresponsive Sunday.

He was last seen during breakfast on the base Sunday morning.

Officials of the Army's Criminal Investigative Division at Fort Riley declined further comment other than to confirm there was an investigation into the death.

Lavrey was in the Pioneer Central School District and obtained his GED before joining the Army in March 2010.

He had been at Fort Riley since September 2010 and was utilities equipment repairman for the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Special Troops Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Infantry Division.

The results of an autopsy have yet to be made public by Army officials.

Lavrey had been expected to return to Western New York for a visit in July, according to an acquaintance.