Tonawanda soldier found dead at Texas fort

A family from the Town of Tonawanda is heartbroken after learning their loved one was found dead in a stairwell outside his barracks at Fort Sam Houston.

Former Kenmore East student Ian Patrick Morgan was found dead early Sunday morning. Our CBS affiliate in San Antonio is reporting Morgan suffered blunt force trauma to the head and appeared to have multiple stab wounds.

His family in the Town of Tonawanda is devastated by the news. The Andersons took Morgan, once their paper boy, into their home when he was 16-years-old and treated him like a son.

His adoptive sister, April Anderson, said, “I loved him. He was my brother. Doesn’t matter that he wasn’t my blood, because he was my brother.”

The Andersons helped Morgan overcome an addiction to prescription pills and gave him a new direction in life after he lost his father and his mother moved to Georgia.

Morgan’s adoptive mother, Cheryl Anderson, said, “As he stayed with us he learned that there is a God and that the Lord is there for you, and we had him going to church with us, and we showed him that somebody really does love you Ian.”

The 28-year-old Army Specialist was found dead early Sunday morning. Morgan had idolized his late, biological father, who had made a career in the military. He was assigned to U.S. Army North headquarters, 56th Signal Co.

Though our affiliate is reporting his injuries, Army officials say Morgan’s death is under investigation and an autopsy is pending.

Robert Anderson, who treated him on like a son, said Morgan’s body was discovered by two of his closest Army buddies shortly after there had been some early morning drinking.

“There was some alcohol involved. I asked Colt, I go, was Ian drinking? Was he drunk? He says, I know he had a beer, but he was not drunk,” Robert said.

Morgan had recovered after a 20- to 30-foot accidental fall while he was stationed in South Korea. His family says he suffered terrible pain and had taken up drinking, but say Morgan was receiving counseling and had once again made the decision to pull his life together.

Cheryl said, “And in doing so, he decided that hanging out at the barracks wasn’t the thing to do, because it was just a matter of drinking continually. He needed to break away from that.”

At age 28, Morgan had been through a lot in life, but kept his smile and sense of humor. His loved ones in Tonawanda say they lost a son and a brother, and the country, they say, lost a dedicated soldier.

April said, “A good one, and so many people lost a friend.”

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