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Soldier From Cloquet Commits Suicide

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010 at 6:10 am

A soldier from Cloquet apparently committed suicide while stationed at Fort Campbell in Kentucky.

The body of Pfc. Jeremy D. Campbell, of Cloquet, Minn., was found in his car Monday morning by military police. The New Era in Hopkinsville, KY reports Campbell died of a gunshot wound to the head.

Local law enforcement say Campbell sent a text message to his father before he died. The message indicated that Campbell intended to harm himself.

Campbell, who was just 19 years old,  was a member of the 194th Military Police Company, 716th Military Police Battalion.

The Duluth News Tribune reports that Campbell was an All-Conference wrestler in Cloquet during his senior year (2008-2009), played center for the football team, and threw discus on the track team. Campbell was also an Eagle Scout, and he joined the army in October of 2009.

The Associated Press reported earlier this year that the base where Campbell was stationed was taking steps to detect signs of trouble among soldiers who might be suicide risks. Authorities at the military post on the Kentucky-Tennessee border say 21 Fort Campbell soldiers took their own lives in 2009.

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