Arturo Godinez-Valenzuela, 31, of Cajeme, Sonora, in northwest Mexico, was killed during the training jump on Sicily Drop Zone on July 14. The paratrooper had become disconnected from his parachute, according to an Army investigation.
“A U.S. Army medic on the ground near the incident location stated Staff Sgt. Godinez-Valenzuela appeared to become disconnected from his parachute about 40 to 50 feet above the ground,” according to the investigation.
The investigation, obtained by The Fayetteville Observer through the federal Freedom of Information Act, includes witness statements and a sketch of the drop zone.
Officials from the Mexican Army and from the Mexican Embassy in Raleigh did not return requests for comment Monday.
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