Death Of WNY Soldier Investigated As A Homicide

May 19, 2012 Updated May 19, 2012 at 9:43 AM EDT

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Death Of WNY Soldier Investigated As A Homicide

May 19, 2012 Updated May 19, 2012 at 9:43 AM EDT

FORT RILEY, KANSAS ( WKBW )— The father of army soldier Pvt. Thomas Lavrey told Eyewitness News that the Army has ruled the death of his son as a homicide.

Donald Lavrey said his son was stabbed in the back of the neck in his dorm in Fort Riley Kansas.

Pvt. Thomas Lavrey, 21, was pronounced dead at Irwin Army Community Hospital in Fort Riley after being found unresponsive in his living quarters Monday.

In an emotional interview Thursday, the mother and sister of Pvt. Lavrey told Eyewitness News that they remember Pvt. Lavrey as a hero.

Lavrey was a utilities equipment repairer assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Special Troops Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Infantry Division.

Lavrey, a West Seneca, N.Y. native, joined the Army in March 2010. He was assigned to Fort Riley in September 2010.

Funeral arrangements have not been made at this time according to Lavrey's father.