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Wisconsin soldier death in Afghanistan ruled suicide



A military investigation has concluded that a Wisconsin soldier who died in Afghanistan last year killed himself.

The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command this spring found that 25-year-old Army Staff Sgt. Garrick Eppinger of Appleton died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The Armed Forces Medical Examiner classified Eppinger's death as suicide.

Eppinger's family has been awaiting the Army's full report and has yet to receive it. The family declined to comment Monday to The Post-Crescent.

Eppinger died Sept. 17 while serving with the Army Reserve's Appleton-based 395th Ordnance Company. His family has said he was shot at Bagram Airbase, where he worked a desk job as a supply specialist for a munitions post

More than 500 people attended Eppinger's funeral in Appleton. He was buried with full military honors.


Information from: The Post-Crescent, http://www.postcrescent.com

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