A young soldier found dead at Fort Hood has been identified, but his cause of death remains hidden. In this Tuesday, July 3, 2018, photo, a Pakistani recruit, 22, who was recently discharged from the U.S. Army, holds an American flag as he poses for a picture. The man asked his name and location to be undisclosed for safety reasons. The AP interviewed three recruits from Brazil, Pakistan and Iran, all of whom said they were devastated by their unexpected discharges. (AP Photo/Mike Knaak) (AP Photo/Mike Knaak)

Dead soldier at Fort Hood identified, cause of death not released

Christopher Hutton October 13, 04:48 PM October 13, 04:48 PM

A young soldier found dead at Fort Hood has been identified, but his cause of death remains hidden.

The U.S. Army announced Saturday that a soldier was found dead in the company barracks but did not identify the soldier. On Wednesday, the Army identified the victim as 26-year-old Maxwell Hockin. The incident is still under investigation by the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division.

“The entire Saber family is devastated by the loss of our true teammate and friend, Spc. Maxwell Hockin,” Lt. Col. Patrick Sullivan of the 91st Engineer Battalion said in a statement to the Austin American-Statesman.

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Hockin was found unresponsive at his guard post on Saturday and declared dead soon after. Fort Hood leaders stated they would release no information on the cause of death due to the open investigation, the outlet reported.

“[Hockin] had an outstanding work ethic, was a mentor to his peers, and was always willing to help out the team,” Sullivan said. “He will truly be missed. Our thoughts and our prayers are with Maxwell’s family during this difficult time.”

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Hockin had previously been assigned to the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. Hockin initially joined the Army as a combat engineer in March 2017 and served as part of the 91st Engineer Battalion at Fort Hood since July 2017.

Hockin earned several awards in the military, including the Army Good Conduct Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon.

Fort Hood received national attention in spring 2020 when Vanessa Guillen, a soldier at the base, was found dead after previously telling her family she was harassed and intimidated by fellow soldier Aaron Robinson. Local authorities believe Guillen was killed at her post by Robinson, who later took his own life. The fort unveiled a memorial to Guillen on the anniversary of the soldier’s death.

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