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U.S. Air Force Academy confirms deaths of two First-Class cadets

US Air Force Academy
Posted at 1:46 PM, Mar 30, 2020

USAFA — On Monday, the U.S. Air Force released a statement confirming that two First-Class cadets were found dead in the cadet area.

One cadet was found on Saturday afternoon, the other on Thursday morning. The Academy would not confirm if the deaths were related.

"These tragedies have caused incredible shock and pain throughout our USAFA family," said Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria, Air Force Academy Superintendent. "Right now we are all focused on taking care of the cadet's families and each other--our cadets, our faculty, our staff-- as we grieve this loss. We ask for everyone's patience and respect for the families' privacy at this time."

The circumstances surrounding the deaths are currently under investigation, but neither was COVID-19-related and foul play is not suspected in either case.

Academy leaders, the chaplain's office and mental health professionals are providing support and grief counseling to cadets, faculty and staff.

If you are in need of any health professionals guidance please look into the following options:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Hotline - 1-800-273-8255

Pikes Peak Mental Health - (719) 635-7000

Suicide Prevention Partnership Pikes Peak Region - (719) 596 5433

Military Crisis Line and National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255 or

Warriors First Hotline - 1-800-399-0560

Colorado Crisis Services - 1-844-493-TALK

Veteran Crisis Responder And Peer Mentoring Team - 1 800-661-6790

Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center - 1 800-772-7000

The is an ongoing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.