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US Air Force investigating death of 2 airmen at Germany base

Posted at 7:07 AM, Jan 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-13 09:16:44-05

The U.S. Air Force is investigating the death of two servicemen who died at a base in Germany last week.

Airman 1st Class Xavier Leaphart and Airman 1st Class Aziess Whitehurst were found unresponsive in a dormitory room at Spangdahlem Air Base in western Germany on Thursday evening.

The men, both aged 20, were pronounced dead shortly afterward.

An Air Force spokeswoman said more information will be released as it becomes available.

In a statement Sunday, base commander Col. David Epperson expressed his condolences to "the friends and families that have been affected by this tragedy.”

The Air Force said Leaphart, who was from Georgia, is survived by his father, Malik Muhammad, and mother, Pamela Leaphart.

Whitehurst, from Arizona, is survived by his father and mother, Davin and Maria Whitehurst, according to the Associated Press.