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Soldier in parachute accident at Fort Benning identified

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FORT BENNING, Ga. -

Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan has released the name of the Fort Benning Soldier who died in a parachute accident on post Tuesday afternoon. He is 19-year old Airborne student Mario Jekov of the Dominican Republic.

Jekov was involved in sky-diving training when another soldier accidentally went under his parachute and took the wind out of it, according to Bryan.

The soldier fell 120-150 feet and was immediately evacuated by Life Flight to Columbus Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Pvt. Jekov, who was born in Dominican Republic, entered the Army in March as a supply specialist, where he attended the enlisted language course at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, in San Antonio. Following that, he went to Fort Jackson, S.C, for basic training, then Fort Lee, Va., for advanced training. Jekov arrived at Fort Benning for basic Airborne School in September. His next duty assignment would have been with the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division, Fort Campbell, Ky.

"This is a tragic loss," said Col. Kyle E. Lear, commander of the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade. "Since Pvt. Jekov came into the Army, this young Soldier showed dedication and selfless service, as evidenced in the many courses he successfully completed in such a short time. We are truly sadden to lose a member of our Army Family and Solider with such potential."

The accident occurred during the third week of Airborne School and remains under investigation.

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