Cadet killed in West Point accident identified
WEST POINT, N.Y. (WENY) – The U.S. Military Academy in West Point has identified the cadet who died after a military vehicle overturned in the academy's training area Thursday morning.
Authorities say 22-year-old Cadet Christopher Morgan of West Orange, New Jersey was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
Academy officials say he was a Law and Legal Studies major, and a recruited athlete who was described as a “standout member” of the Army Wrestling Team.
“Cadet Morgan was a valued member of the Corps of Cadets and will be missed by all. The entire community is ensuring that our cadets are being cared for physically, emotionally, and spiritually,” said Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, 60th Superintendent, U. S. Military Academy. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Morgan family.”
“We are devastated by the news of Chris’ passing. He was a talented, hardworking, and determined athlete who loved his sport,” said Army West Point Wrestling Coach Kevin Ward. “Chris had an infectious personality with a smile big enough to fill any room, and a heart big enough to love everyone around him. He made everyone around him better and he will be greatly missed.”
The Corps of Cadets will hold a vigil to honor Morgan Friday night. Next week, a memorial ceremony for the West Point community and a private funeral service at the academy will be held.