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Another soldier is found dead at Fort Bliss


An Army soldier was found dead in his home at Fort Bliss last week, the second soldier death on the post within two weeks, officials said Sunday.

Staff Sgt. John D.S. Bailey, 27, of Haiku, Hawaii, died Thursday in his home, officials said. The circumstan­ces surroundin­g Bailey’s death are under investigat­ion.

Bailey joined the Army in 2013 in Honolulu. He arrived at Fort Bliss in March 2019. The post in El Paso was his third duty station.

“We are deeply saddened about the loss of such a bright and talented” noncommiss­ioned officer, Capt. Kristopher Italiano of Headquarte­rs Company Commander, 4th Battalion, 70th Armored Regiment said in a statement. “Staff Sgt. Bailey was above all else, a genuine and incredibly caring person.”

On New Year’s Eve, Pfc. Asia M. Graham, 19, was found dead in her barracks room. A cause of death has not been disclosed.

Last week, Pfc. Christian G. Alvarado was arraigned at a general court-martial on three counts of sexual assault, including allegedly raping Graham while she was unconsciou­s in December 2019, as well as two other rapes in 2020.

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