FORT RILEY, Kan. – Army officials say a Fort Riley soldier's death on the installation is being handled as a homicide investigation.
Private Thomas Lavrey, 21, was pronounced dead at Irwin Army Community Hospital at Fort Riley after being found unresponsive inside his barracks on post on Monday, May 14.
Lavrey was a utilities equipment repairer assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Special Troops Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Infantry Division.
Lavrey, a West Seneca, N.Y. native, joined the Army in March 2010. He was assigned to Fort Riley in September 2010. A representative with the 1st Infantry Division's Public Affairs Office says Lavrey had not yet been deployed.
Jeffrey Castro with the Army Criminal Investigation Command's Public Affairs Office in Quantico, Virgina confirmed Thursday that Lavrey's death is being investigated as a homicide. Castro declined to release any further details, including how the soldier was killed and whether or not a suspect has been identified or arrested.
He said that agents are doing everything in their power to make sure that the case is thoroughly investigated.
BuffaloNews.com in New York reports that Lavrey was fatally stabbed Sunday in his living quarters, according to family members.
Barbara McNally-Lavrey, the victim's stepmother, told the newspaper that the family is awaiting word on when they can make funeral arrangements at Fort Riley and in Western New York.