The family of a Ghanaian-American soldier is in mourning after he passed away at a military base in Alabama. The tragic news has left the family and friends of the deceased in shock and trauma.
According to the military, 21-year-old Pvt. Abdul-Nafsu Latifu was killed in an altercation with another soldier at the Alabama Army post, Fort Rucker, where he was training to become an Army air traffic control operator.
However, a source revealed that news about his death was published on local websites in Alabama as early as 11:30 am CST, even though his next-of-kin were not officially informed until four hours later that he had been hospitalized and was in critical condition.
Pvt. Latifu, who lived in New York before joining the US Army, was described as very smart and respectful by all who knew him.
As loved ones and neighbors visit his New York home to mourn with the family, many are questioning the official story and expressing suspicion of a cover-up. A friend of the deceased stated, “Something is not right about this; someone needs to start saying what really happened, not what they’re feeding us, what are they covering up?”
The U.S. Army has stated that no formal charges have been filed yet and that the Army Criminal Investigation Division is currently investigating the incident. The commander of Fort Rucker, Maj. Gen. Michael McCurry, offered condolences to Pvt. Latifu’s family and friends, saying, “Together we mourn the loss of a promising young soldier.”
Pvt. Latifu was a trainee in the Army’s Advanced Individual Training program at Fort Rucker, where he was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 13th Aviation Regiment, 1st Aviation Brigade. Loved ones and friends of the murdered soldier say the communication from the military smacks of a seeming cover-up. It is unclear how far investigations have gone in the murder of the 21-year-old, but the army maintains it is conclusively probing the matter.