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Paratrooper dies in accident at Georgia's Fort Stewart

Jean Cruz De Leon, 20, was killed Wednesday in a parachuting accident at Fort Stewart in Georgia. Photo courtesy of <a href="https://www.facebook.com/82ndAirborneDivision/photos/a.287904200386/10164397586675387/?type=3&amp;theater">U.S. Army</a>
Jean Cruz De Leon, 20, was killed Wednesday in a parachuting accident at Fort Stewart in Georgia. Photo courtesy of U.S. Army

Sept. 10 (UPI) -- The 82nd Airborne Division confirmed Thursday that Pfc. Jean Cruz De Leon, 20, died during airborne training in Georgia on Wednesday, officials said.

Cruz De Leon, who was from Marrero, Louisiana, was conducting airborne training operations when his parachute malfunctioned, officials said.

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Cruz De Leon's name was not initially released pending notification of family members, but was later confirmed in a Facebook post from the Division.

Lt. Col Mike Burns, a spokesman for the 82nd Airborne Division, said the unit was conducting a static line jump when the soldier experienced a parachute malfunction.

The incident is under investigation, and behavioral health and chaplain services were provided onsite for the other paratroopers in the unit, according to Burns.

This is the second parachute-related fatality for a Fort Bragg-based soldier this year.

In January, 36-year-old Army Green Beret Master Sgt. Nathan Goodman, a 17-year veteran of the service and an experienced jumper, died during a training incident in Eloy, Ariz.

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