A community is mourning the loss of a South Plains soldier.
The Department of Defense reports Private First Class Andrew T. Engstrom, of Slaton, died on the Fourth of July. The 22-year-old suffered injuries in a non-combat related incident. His death is under investigation.
Engstrom is a graduate of Slaton High School. Now, his former principal Chris Kennedy says his death was a loss for everyone who knew him. She says, "this is a tragedy in our community, but something we want the family to know we are very proud of Andy."
Thursday afternoon, Andrew's mother gave this statement to NewsChannel 11 about her son over the phone: "My son, Andrew was a loving, caring person who always wanted to be in the military. I want him to be remembered as a loving caring soul."
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