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Ft. Bliss reports 3 probable suicides Easter weekend

Ft. Bliss reports 3 probable suicides Easter weekend
Ft. Bliss reports 3 probable suicides Easter weekend

Investigations are in full force into the deaths of two enlisted soldiers and a captain at Fort Bliss who are suspected of committing suicide over Easter weekend.

The deaths were confirmed by spokesman Lt. Col. Lee Peters, who declined to discuss the cases because they are under active investigation. The public affairs office gave no indication that the deaths were in any way connected.

In 2012, Fort Bliss had the lowest suicide rate in the Army with only four confirmed suicides which was a decline from seven the previous year.

Headquartered in El Paso, Fort Bliss is home to more than 30,000 Soldiers and is the Army’s second largest installation. It is also home to a new facility for mental health and suicide prevention.

Examiner’s Note: It is extremely rare for the military to immediately declare Soldier deaths as suicides, especially if the incidents took place on post. It is more common for local law enforcement officials to make the statement if the warrior deaths took place outside of the Army base, i.e. off-base housing, in cars, or on public property.

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