Two young Airmen -both 20 years of age- were found dead in a dormitory room on Spangdahlem Air Base earlier this year- and the US Air Force has uncovered some disturbing facts.
The investigation revealed that A1C Xavier-Malik Leaphart and A1C Aziess Whitehurst had a mixture of toxic and illicit drugs in their system at the time of their deaths, which have been written off as overdoses.
The Office of Special Investigations are looking into where the two young Airmen managed to score the drugs, and whether anyone else in the unit has access.
According to the Stars and Stripes, the two Airmen were assigned to the 52nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.
OSI spokeswoman Linda Card stated that the investigation is far from over.
“There are still many, many unanswered questions that have to be answered … before this investigation can be closed,” she said.
Wing commander Col. David Epperson said Friday that the loss of an Airman “is always deeply felt” across the wing, “regardless of the cause of death.”
“While we do not condone the decisions of these Airmen that led to their deaths, their absence here is still felt,” Epperson said in a statement. “My heart goes out to the friends and family members who I know are still feeling that loss as well.”
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