Sgt. Kelvonta K. Ellis

Sgt. Kelvonta K. Ellis (Facebook)

AUSTIN, Texas — A 22-year-old military police sergeant from the Louisiana National Guard was found dead in his room Sunday at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston in Texas, Guard officials said Tuesday.

Sgt. Kelvonta K. Ellis of Westlake, La., served five years with the Louisiana National Guard and was assigned to the 39th Military Police Company, 139th Regional Support Group. Ellis was attached to U.S. Army South at Fort Sam Houston at the time of his death, which remains under investigation by Air Force Security Forces and Army Criminal Investigation Command.

He is survived by his mother, according to the news release.

Fort Sam Houston is one of three large military bases spread throughout San Antonio to make up the joint base, which is managed by the Air Force. The joint base supports about 47,000 service members. Twitter: @Rose_Lori

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Rose L. Thayer is based in Austin, Texas, and she has been covering the western region of the continental U.S. for Stars and Stripes since 2018. Before that she was a reporter for Killeen Daily Herald and a freelance journalist for publications including The Alcalde, Texas Highways and the Austin American-Statesman. She is the spouse of an Army veteran and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in journalism. Her awards include a 2021 Society of Professional Journalists Washington Dateline Award and an Honorable Mention from the Military Reporters and Editors Association for her coverage of crime at Fort Hood.

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