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February 10, 2014

Town of Tonawanda soldier dies in Texas

Tonawanda News — Military investigators in Texas continue to search for details in the death of a former Kenmore East High School student found on Sunday morning in a stairwell on the military base where he was stationed. 

U.S. Army Specialist Ian Patrick Morgan, 28, was discovered at 2 a.m. near his barracks in Ft. Sam Houston, according to Col. Scott Bleichwehl, director of public affairs for U.S. Army North, then transported to San Antonio Military Medical Center, where he died. 

Initial details show Morgan's injuries included blunt force trauma to the head, while several media outlets near the base also reported he was stabbed. The results of an autopsy are pending. 

Bleichwehl said investigators are "are not ruling anything out" adding that the possibility remains that Morgan's death was a homicide. 

"We're expecting to have something soon," he said. 

Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District Superintendent Mark P. Mondonaro, in a statement released on Monday, said teachers remember Morgan, a 2004 graduate, as "polite and respectful" also describing him as "well-liked." 

"Our sympathies are extended to the family and friends of Specialist Morgan," Mondonaro said. "And we thank him for representing our country." 

Morgan, who entered the military shortly after his high school graduation was assigned to the 56th Signal Brigade, Bleichwehl said. 

"The community here at Ft. Sam Houston is saddened by the death of Specialist Morgan," said Lt. Gen. Perry L. Wiggins, senior commander Ft. Sam Houston, in a statement. "We've lost a member of our Army. On behalf of all the men and women who serve here, our thoughts, prayers and heartfelt condolences are with his family at this time."

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