NEW YORK (WABC) – A soldier from the Bronx died during an incident with another soldier earlier this month, Army officials announced.
Quiet, studious, friendly, a fan of anime and spending time with his family, Abdul Latif had just turned 21 when he was brutally killed by a military weapon, according to the Army, a fellow soldier at Fort Rucker, Alabama.
Latif was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 13th Aviation Regiment, 1st Aviation Brigade, as he trained as an Army Air Traffic Control Operator.
“For him to be taken from us at such a young age is the worst,” said Abdullah’s brother Mohammed Latifu.
It happened on January 10, and since that day, the family says, they have received very little information and little respect.
“I said my son is not going to die – I know deep down that he is in the morgue,” his father told Taj Latif.
The army says the killing tool was a trench tool, a sophisticated military shovel that his family said was not allowed to be used in areas away from training without supervision.
Brian Jones Jr., 21, is charged with murder. Officials said Jones also completed individual military training at the Air Traffic Control Operator Course.
“I was the justice, the case law of this,” said Mohammed.
Mohammed would never want to fix tools in a dorm room again.
“An electronic tool was used to violently kill my brother – they shouldn’t have it,” he added.
The investigation did not release any motive, but only one person was reportedly injured in the attack.
“You hear them say, ‘It’s a fight and this guy doesn’t fight!’ “, – said Taju.
The family is heartbroken and just needs timely information. They themselves prepared Abdul’s body for burial – and saw the wounds on the head and face, as well as the wounds received during the defense.
“On behalf of the US Air Force Center and Fort Rucker, I extend our deepest condolences to Lt. Col. Latif’s family, friends, and community. Together, we mourn the loss of a promising young soldier,” said Maj. Gen. Michael S. McCurry, USAACE and Fort Rucker commander. “Our hearts go out to the families and units affected by the incident, and we are focused on taking care of the Soldiers, families and leaders.”
Armii Mohammed says: “Keep the sympathies – we want justice.”
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