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Soldier’s Death Ruled Suicide in Copperas Cove

Sara Escobar

Evening Star

21-year-old Private First Class Devon Tucker was found unresponsive June 15 at his off-post residence in Copperas Cove, according to Army officials. His death has now been ruled a suicide by the Copperas Cove Police Department, although further details are being withheld at this time.

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21-year-old Private First Class Devon Tucker was an indirect fire infantryman at Fort Hood. He was found unresponsive at his home June 15. His death has now been ruled a suicide by the CCPD.

Tucker was born November 8, 1995 in Mount Vernon, Illinois. According to his obituary, as a young boy it was Tucker’s aspiration to serve in the military. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and any outdoor related activity. His obituary states, “he had an incredible smile, and that infectious smile will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him”.

After joining the army in January 2016, Tucker was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment at Fort Hood as an indirect fire infantryman. He recently deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan from August 2016 to February 2017.

Tucker’s untimely death is one of the 60 deaths that have occurred at Fort Hood since January 2016.  Since then, the Army and local police have investigated the deaths of 11 Fort Hood soldiers who have died on and off the base under mysterious circumstances, according to a U.S. Army report. 55 of the 60 deaths at Fort Hood have been non-combat related, including 10 soldiers who died in training accidents, three in automobile accidents, and five in motorcycle accidents. In the year of 2017, there has been 19 deaths.

It’s even more unfortunate that Tucker’s death was caused by suicide. There were three other suicides within the past year as well, including 33-year-old Steven Lewis, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound off post in March 2016, 25-year-old Bradley Acker whose death was self-inflicted in October 2016, and 24-year-old Kevin Paulino who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Indiana in November 2016. It has still not been confirmed if Tucker’s death was caused by a gunshot or other means.

The amount of untimely deaths on or near Fort Hood has raised questions. In 2014, there were 17 confirmed suicides, which is more than double the six suicides in 2013. In 2015, there were 15 suicides. In 2016, Fort Hood reported four soldier suicides in the first quarter of the year.

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