We are now learning more about the death of a Lubbock soldier stationed at Fort Hood.
Sergeant Joshua Holt, 26, was found dead by his platoon sergeant Monday. A family friend tells NewsChannel 11, Holt was found in a hotel room near the base. Apparently, he had been staying there while waiting for off-base housing.
The military has launched an investigation into the death of the Coronado graduate. We are told a representative from the army is here in Lubbock working with family members to plan Holt's funeral.
Thursday afternoon, we spoke with Holt's father over the phone. David Holt says late Monday night Lubbock Police Department detectives told him Holt had died. NewsChannel 11 has learned that is because the Killeen Police Department is also investigating.
No matter the cause, both family and friends say the 26-year-old's life ended much too soon.
These days it is difficult for Joshua Holt's older sister, Amy Miller, to talk about him without tears. Miller said he was, "A little bit of a cowboy. I don't know he's my baby brother."
Holt joined the Army soon after graduating from Coronado High School in 2002. He worked as a mechanic and served two tours in Iraq.
"He was very proud of what he was doing," Miller added.
Close family friend Allyson Haveman declined to go on camera but tells us Holt loved to hunt and was a member of 4-H. Haveman says, "He was a man his father was very proud of and we all were very proud."
However, there are still many questions surrounding why Holt died. Miller says he had lost a lot of weight.
"He had lost over 50 pounds when he came home. And he was not healthy at all," Miller said.
Haveman tells us Holt returned to Lubbock from Iraq about two and a half weeks ago to attend his stepmother's funeral. At the time, he apparently had a bad cough.
"I do believe it was natural causes 100% because of the kind of the man he was and nothing sneaky," said Haveman.
However, Miller says she still questions why her brother died.
"I want answers. That was my baby brother," Miller added.
We are told an autopsy will be done on Holt's body. However, at this time we do not know when that will take place. Meanwhile, a full military funeral is expected to take place at Fort Hood, followed by a burial service in Lubbock next week.
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