Died yesterday: Curtis Marshall

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Soldier collapses at Chaguaramas

By Jensen LaVende

A soldier died early yesterday morning after collapsing at the Defence Force Headquarters in Chaguaramas on Saturday afternoon.

According to a media release issued by the Civil Military Affairs Officer of the Defence Force, Major Al Alexander, around 11.40 p.m. on Saturday Lance Corporal Curtis Marshall was found lying unconscious in the vicinity of the clothing and equipment stores.

Initial attempts to revive Marshall by military medical personnel were unsuccessful and he was subsequently taken to the Seventh Day Adventist Hospital in Cocorite.

Further efforts were made to resuscitate Marshall at the hospital, Alexander said, but those efforts were unsuccessful.

Marshall was eventually pronounced dead at the hospital around 12.20 a.m. yesterday.

The 31-year-old father of a five-year-old daughter enlisted in the Regiment on August 9, 2004. He had eight years and four months' service.

An autopsy is scheduled to take place today at the Forensic Science Centre, St James.

"The Chief of Defence Staff extends deepest condolences on behalf of the Defence Force to the family and friends of the late 10933 LCpl Curtis Marshall.

"May God grant them peace and solace in this time of need," the release stated.

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