Mississippi soldier killed in training exercise

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Mississippi soldier killed in training exercise

Mississippi soldier killed in training exercise

A National Guard soldier from Amory was killed in a training exercise in California.

A mississippi army national guard soldier from amory has been killed in a training exercise in california.

Family members confirmed to wcbi that 24 year-old sergeant.

Kyle thomas died monday night in an accident at the national training center at fort irwin.

Our quentin smith spent the day in amory speaking with thomas's friends and family...he joins us live in the studio with more.. and friends are still having a hard time coping with this tragedy... sergeant kyle thomas was a member of the 155th armored brigade combat team... he was a son...a brother and a father... family members say he was always willing to help and lend a helping hand whenever he could... now..they're trying to remember the fond memories about sergeant thomas to help get them through this difficult time.... sadness..

"it's really heartbreaking deal."

Sorrow... "everybody has cried."

Those are the emotions those close to sergeant kyle thomas are feeling as they try to cope with this tragedy..

"it's always sad news to hear a good friend has gone away."

?he did sacrifice his life in te defense of his country.

And he was somebody that was willing to put his life on the line for his country, his family and his friends.?

The mississippi national guard says thomas and three other soldiers were conducting a combat maneuver in a tank..

That vehicle was involved in a rollover incident... sergeant thomas died of his injuries..on memorial day "it seems to be the irony of it you know, on a day where we are celebrating, we're not celebrating but remembering those who have fallen in the line of duty, that it would happen on the same day there.

That's kind of an ironic situation."

Family and friends describe thomas as a funny and outgoing person... someone who always wore a smile on his face... "growing up i would describe him as being our boy.

He'd like to do things, he played soccer with amory high school, so he was very athletic.

He was a fun loving guy like to have a good time."

The 24 year old had just become a father earlier this month... he now leaves behind a little girl..

"his little girl had kind of become a viral star of social media because she was partially albino.

She was compared to the game of thrones character daenerys."

"once he told me he was having a little girl, i was very excitd for him.

Just wished i could've met a little girl.

It's sad that he didn't get to spend much time with her, but we can't question god's authority."

The incident remains under investigation.

The other three soldiers who were injured...are all are in stable condition at loma linda university medical center.


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