WNY Soldier discovered dead on Army base identified

Ft. Sam Houston -- A soldier found dead at Fort Sam Houston on Sunday has been identified.

Specialist Ian Patrick Morgan, 28, was discovered in a stairwell near his barracks on post, according to a Fort Sam Houston official.

SPC Morgan was assigned to the 56th Signal Brigade, 7th Signal Command and the 21st Signal Brigade, according to a Fort Sam Houston release.

Ft. Sam Police were called to the Wilson Gate area sometime after 2 a.m. Sunday, and found SPC Morgan who appeared to have suffered blunt force trauma to the head and other injuries.

SPC Morgan was taken to San Antonio Military Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, according to Public Affairs Specialist Don Manuszeqski.

Manuszewski said an autopsy is pending and investigators were working to determine the cause and manner of the soldier's death.

Morgan's step-family wants the Army Specialist to be remembered as a bright, smart and protective big brother.

"He had a big heart, an infectious laugh, animated," says step-father Robert Anderson, Senior.

Morgan became part of the Anderson family when he was a teenager after his father passed away and his mother moved to Georgia.

"We had him for a number of years and we brought him in tight to our family, and he, we're a Christian family, Ian got involved in our church and we helped him," says Robert.

"For not even being my own blood, he showed me things that I didn't even know that really helped me as a mom," says step-mother Cheryl Anderson.

The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District says Morgan attended Kenmore East High School through 2004. Teachers who remembered him described him as "polite and respectful" and he was well liked.

Morgan joined the Army in 2009. He worked in communications.

"Our kids are supposed to grow up and leave. So we supported him in doing that and he was thinking about what his dad did and what his grandfather, so he was going to carry that on," says Robert.

Now, his family has many unanswered questions about his death.

"We are not going to sit back. We are his advocate. We want to know what happened. We expect that somebody is going to be punished and this is going to be corrected. You don't have an officer die on barracks for no reason," says Cheryl.

"That's what was so shocking about everything was to hear that there could be some foul play in this because this had nothing to do with the type of person that we grew up with. Ian doesn't get into fights. He'd be the first person the humble himself and back down," says step-sister Jessica Anderson.

"That was our main focus while he was here. Is to let him know that you may not have your dad here with you, but he is in spirit. You may not have your mother with you, but you have the Lord with you at all times. Once he really started to accept that and realize that, his life started to change dramatically," says Cheryl.

"God was always Ian's strength," said Jessica.

The Anderson family is planning a memorial service, and Specialist Morgan will be buried in the Town of Tonawanda. Morgan planned on pursuing a career in diesel mechanics outside of the military this summer.


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