Authorities do not suspect, but have not completely ruled out, foul play in the death of Spc. Ashvin Slaughter, 24, according to the release.
“Ashvin was bright, funny, endearing to all who knew him, and not only a terrific soldier but a kind and good man who would selflessly take on more to help his friends or be there for them in their time of need," Lt. Col. Jimmy Howell, his battalion commander, said in a release. “He was loved and valued by his military family here in Alaska.”
Slaughter joined the Army in fall 2016 and had been with 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division since January 2017.
Army Criminal Investigation Command is investigating the incident, according to the release.
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