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Soldier's death ruled as 'murder by strangulation'

By Rickie Ramdass rickie.ramdass@trinidadexpress.com

DEFENCE FORCE soldier Curtis Marshall, who died at hospital early Sunday morning, was murdered.

The autopsy, which was conducted yesterday at Forensic Science Centre, Federation Park, St James, listed the cause of death as that of strangulation.

The result was handed over to his family late yesterday evening, with them now calling for a full-scale investigation into his death and those responsible be brought to justice.

Marshall, 30, was a corporal with the Regiment for the past eight years. On Saturday night, he collapsed at Teteron Barracks in Chaguaramas and later died at the Seventh-Day Adventist Hospital in Cocorite around 12.20 a.m. on Sunday.

Marshall's brother, Dennis, told the Express by phone yesterday that at first his family believed that Marshall died of a heart or asthma attack as he collapsed shortly after a training session.

"They killed my brother. We thought it was a heart attack but I know my brother was not sick. This is not ending here," he said.

Senior Western Division police officers confirmed the findings of the autopsy and stated that Homicide detectives have now taken over the case.

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