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A coroner is awaiting test results on a Grafenwöhr, Germany-based soldier who died June 27 while on leave in Guntersville, Ala.

Spc. Toney L. Goble II, 24, was found dead in the bedroom of a friend. According to Marlon Killion, the coroner for Marshall County, Ala., Goble showed no sign of trauma.

A police report stated that witnesses said Goble, of 12th Chemical Company, did not use drugs. Police were told the 6-foot-2, 186-pound Goble had Marfan syndrome, a connective tissue disorder that could result in a weakening of arteries.

"I have not received anything from the state department of forensic science," Killion said. "That is not unusual. Sometimes it takes two or three weeks to get the preliminary report so I can issue a death certificate, depending on the case load."

Leeinda Moore, whose home Goble was visiting, said they were having a normal evening around the house with her mother and 5-year-old child. After Goble began falling asleep on the couch as they watched TV, she prepared a bed for him in a spare bedroom, where Goble retired.

In the morning, Moore said, her mother was checking on Goble when she found him sprawled diagonally on his back across the bed.

Moore described Goble as generous and kind.

"He would listen to anybody, and if you ever needed anything he would give anybody the shirt off his back," Moore said.

Goble was the first of two soldiers in two weeks from 12th Chemical Company to suffer an untimely death. Early Friday morning, Pfc. Jose M. Castro, 21, died in a one-car accident in downtown Grafenwöhr.


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