TUCSON, Ariz. (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A medical examiner says two soldiers helping secure the Mexico border in Arizona died by suicide.
The body of Pfc. Kevin Christian was found June 23 in Ajo, about 120 miles from Tucson. The Pima County Medical Examiner said the 21-year-old from Haslet, Texas died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.READ MORE: COVID-19 Delta Variant 'Accelerating' In North Texas And Across The Nation
Christian was an infantryman with the 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division assigned to Fort Polk, La.
Christian was the second soldier found dead while on assignment along the southern border this month. Pfc. Steven Hodges, 20, of Menifee, California, died June 1 near Nogales, about 60 miles south of Tuscon. His death was also ruled a suicide by the ME.READ MORE: Frisco's Grand Park No Longer An 'Urban Legend' As City Can Finally Finish Exide Cleanup
Military officials say the circumstances of the deaths are under investigation.
About 2,400 service members are assigned to the border mission.MORE NEWS: Amber Alert Issued For Dallas Brothers 2 And 4 Years Old; With Father Who Is A Homicide Suspect
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