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2 held in stabbing death of Camp Shelby soldier

Jun. 3, 2013 - 08:39AM   |  
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HATTIESBURG, MISS. — Police say a soldier who had recently returned to Camp Shelby from Afghanistan was killed in a fight early Sunday morning outside a Hattiesburg bar.

Lt. Jon Traxler told The Hattiesburg American that 23-year-old Holden Hughes was stabbed in an altercation at about 12:40 a.m. outside Benny’s Boom Boom Room.

Traxler identified the suspects as 23-year-old Aaron Dement and 31-year-old Derrick Valdez, both of Columbia. Both were taken to the Forrest County Jail and charged with homicide.

Traxler said witnesses who were friends of Hughes told police there was never any interaction inside the bar between Hughes and the suspects. They did not know any reason for why the fight occurred.

It was unclear whether suspects have attorneys.

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