Airman found dead in Clovis home identified

Published: Jul. 7, 2016 at 12:07 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 11, 2016 at 3:49 PM CDT
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CLOVIS, NM (KCBD) - According to the U.S. Air Force, a 27th Special Operations Wing Airman who was found dead in his Clovis home July 6 has been identified as Senior Airman William J. Boyd, 27, of Jackson, Miss.

Boyd was found by one of his roommates Wednesday afternoon.

"This tragedy comes as a shock," said Col. Ben Maitre, the base commander. "Every member of this elite unit is a critical part of our Air Commando family here. We are grieving alongside Airman Boyd's family and friends, and extend our heartfelt condolences to them."

Boyd served as an AC-130W instrument and flight control systems journeyman for 16th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, 27th Special Operations Aviation Maintenance Squadron, at Cannon since joining the Air Force in January 2013. He is survived by his parents, according to the Air Force.

Base officials said the body will soon be transported to Jackson, MS where funeral arrangements are being made. Members of Boyd's unit are planning a memorial service in his honor at the base chapel July 12.

"Joey was very well liked and appreciated," said Lt. Col. Ahave Brown, the maintenance squadron commander. "He answered his nation's call to serve and protect at a critical time in its history. We all feel a great and personal loss in this very untimely death."

The cause of death is currently being investigated and more information will be provided as it becomes available.

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