Thursday, February 7, 2013

Fort Benning Captain and fiancee killed in murder-suicide

Army Captain, fiancee killed in murder-suicide identified
Ledger Enquirer
Published: February 6, 2013

A Fort Benning soldier accused of shooting his girlfriend at American Storage Rental Spaces before turning the gun on himself Tuesday had been in the military more than four years and never deployed, a post spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Authorities identified the Army captain as Gonzalo Raphael Garcia, 38, of California and the woman as Victoria Andrea Jacquez, 27, of Las Cruces, N.M. Both died of a gunshot wound to the head in what police called a murder-suicide at 3560 Victory Drive.

Elsie Jackson, a public affairs spokeswoman, said Garcia entered the military in November 2008.

In October 2012, he was assigned to the 199th Infantry Regiment, a training unit at Fort Benning. His last duty station was at Fort Bliss, Texas, she said.

Garcia was a graduate of the Airborne School at Fort Benning but was never deployed.

Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan said the soldier and the woman were engaged. She was wearing what appeared to be an engagement ring on her finger. "She was here to see him," he said. "Her family didn't know she was here."
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