Paratrooper dies inside barracks at Fort Bragg, Army says

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A United States paratrooper was found dead in his barracks at Fort Bragg, North Carolina on Saturday evening, the Army said.

Spc. Carlton Butler, 22, of North Miami Beach, Fla., was an infantryman assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division, the Army Times reported.

The circumstances surrounding Butler’s death are under investigation, officials said.

“Carlton was a patriotic, energetic, and motivated young man, who – just recently – had been promoted up to a Gun Team Leader position in Bravo Company, a position he rightly earned,” Lt. Col. Graham White, commander of 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment said in a Facebook post on Monday.

The Army said Butler joined the Army in June 2014 and was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division in December of that same year.

It was not immediately clear the cause of death.

Butler is the third solider to die in Fort Bragg this month and the second death of a Fort Bragg soldier in the past week.

On Thanksgiving Day, Pfc. Nicholas C. Martinez, of Moultrie, Georgia, was found dead in his barracks room. Martinez was training to become a Special Forces soldier and was assigned to the Student Support Battalion, 1st Special Warfare Training Group.

Sgt. Robert Thornton Jr., 29, of Cairo, Georgia, died on Nov. 14, after collapsing during physical training. Officials said Thornton’s cause of death is unknown and it is under investigation.

On Thanksgiving Day, Pfc. Nicholas C. Martinez, of Moultrie, Georgia, was found dead in his barracks room. Martinez was training to become a Special Forces soldier and was assigned to the Student Support Battalion, 1st Special Warfare Training Group.

Sgt. Robert Thornton Jr., 29, of Cairo, Georgia, died on Nov. 14, after collapsing during physical training. Officials said Thornton’s cause of death is unknown and it is under investigation.