Report by Star-Spangled Banner on December 4, two men associated with U.S. special forces were found dead in an army post in North Carolina that day. Both of them have served here for many years. One is a soldier in the special forces (Green Beret) and the other is a veteran.
According to the report, the two dead were found in a training area of the Fort Bragg base near Fayetteville. One is William J. Lavigny, the 37-year-old Sergeant of the United States Army Special Operations Command Headquarters Company, and the other is 44-year-old veteran Timothy Dumas.
The U.S. military did not disclose details of their death, but said that their death was irrelevant in official training activities. An American military official who declined to be named told the media that the two men were suspected of being killed in the murder and that they may have participated in criminal activities.
“Twelvely 12 of Lavigne’s 19 years of service were spent in the special forces,” the U.S. Army Special Operations Command said in a statement.” Soldiers’ deaths are always sad,” said Lieutenant Colonel Justin Duval, the company commander of Lavini’s company.
In another statement from the Prague Castle base, Dumas was confirmed. A U.S. military spokesman said that he was a warrant officer and asset registration officer and served in the army from November 1996 to March 2016.
According to the report, the site of the post is also the site of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, the 18th Airborne Corps, the 82nd Airborne Division and the Army Reserve Command. More than 30 soldiers assigned to the base have died this year, about half of whom have died by suicide. The U.S. Army Special Operations Command said that no more information about the death would be released during the investigation of the U.S. Army Crime Investigation Bureau.
Although no more information was made public about the U.S. Army crime investigation, a U.S. Department of Defense official who declined to be named told the media that the two men were suspected of murder. The official said that the two men may have been involved in criminal activities.
In an email, the U.S. Army Special Operations Command confirmed that Lavigny was investigated in 2018 into the shooting of Sergeant Mark Lescal, a first-class officer. Lescal was a member of the 19th Special Forces of the National Guard, who was shot dead on March 21, 2018.
Lescal’s sister Nicole Rick said that Lavini and Lescal were good friends, but the two quarreled the night of the accident. Lavini left Lescal’s door, but Lavini’s youngest daughter opened the door. When Lescal entered the room, the two quarreled and eventually turned into a shooting. Raveny told Rick that her respective were holding a screwdriver at that time, but Rick said that she found nothing at the scene and “there was no real investigation”.
Local police investigated the shooting, but did not make any charges. According to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Lavini joined the army in 2001 and graduated from the special forces qualification course in 2007. He has been sent to Afghanistan and Iraq many times.
In response to another deceased, Timothy Dumas, a spokesman for the U.S. Army Veterans Department, Hewitt, said in an email that Dumas had been sent to Afghanistan four times. Since 2001, he has been the Registrar of Assets in the 7th Special Forces. However, it is not clear whether he will continue to hold this position later.
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