Paratrooper killed on Fort Bragg was from Mexico


By AMANDA DOLASINSKI | The Fayetteville Observer, N.C. (Tribune News Service) | Published: July 20, 2016

A paratrooper from Mexico has been identified as the soldier killed during an airborne training exercise at Fort Bragg last week.

Arturo Godinez Valenzuela, 31, of Cajeme, Sonora, in northwest Mexico was killed during the training jump on Sicily Drop Zone on July 14, according to his death certificate.

Godinez Valenzuela was taken to Womack Army Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 4:32 p.m. that day.

The state medical examiner ruled he died after suffering multiple blunt-force injuries in a fall from a high elevation during parachute training, the death certificate says.

He is survived by his wife.

Officials have not said what Godinez Valenzuela did in the military, except that he did not belong to the U.S. Army. Paratroopers from other countries are often part of elite forces.

The U.S. Army is investigating the death, according to Lt. Col. Joseph Buccino, a spokesman for the 82nd Airborne Division.


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