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Memorial planned for US paratrooper found dead in Italy

Staff Sgt. Krasean Clayborn, also known as DJ Legend, Mr. Mayhem, was found dead in his barracks in Vicenza, Italy, on Friday, June 1, 2018. Clayborn was laid to rest in his hometown of Milwaukee on Saturday.

By NANCY MONTGOMERY | STARS AND STRIPES Published: June 25, 2018

Note: This article has been corrected.

VICENZA, Italy — A memorial for a paratrooper found dead in his barracks will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Sigholtz Center at Caserma Del Din, Army officials said.

Staff Sgt. Krasean Clayborn, of the 173rd Airborne Brigade, 36, was found dead June 1 after he did not show up for work.

A funeral for Clayborn also was held Saturday in his hometown of Milwaukee.

Valdemetreia McCollum, Clayborn’s mother, said she would attend the base memorial Wednesday.

“He was a great man. He definitely left a legacy,” McCollum said about her son, during a phone call with Stars and Stripes on Monday.

Clayborn was both an Army career counselor and a DJ, who performed under the names DJ Legend and Mr. Mayhem. He founded a military DJ forum called Military DJ Network, Fox6now.com in Milwaukee reported.

Brigade officials said Monday that the investigation into Clayborn’s death was ongoing and that no cause of death had yet been determined.

McCollum said he’d told her he wasn’t feeling well the day before, according to Fox6.

Besides his mother, Clayborn is survived by his wife, Latisha Clayborn, who recently learned that she is pregnant with twins, Fox6 reported, and their 12-year-old son.

Clayborn joined the Army in 2010 after having served in the Navy from 2003 to 2007, according to an obituary. He was assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade in 2016.

Clayborn’s awards included the Army Commendation Medal and the Army Achievement Medal.

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Correction: This story has been updated to reflect the correct location for the memorial, which is the Sigholtz Center at Caserma Del Din.

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