The folded American Flag is presented to West Point Cadet Christopher J. Morgan's parents, April and Christopher by Superintendent Darryl Williams, during the interment ceremony at West Point, N.Y.,

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Funeral Held For West Point Cadet Who Died In Training

At West Point, Morgan studied law and was on the Army's wrestling team.

June 16, 2019 - 11:34 am
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NEW YORK (AP) — A West Point cadet killed during a training exercise has been laid to rest at the academy's cemetery.

The funeral for Christopher J. Morgan was held Saturday at the United States Military Academy.

Cadet Christopher J. Morgan, #USMA2020, died due to injuries sustained from a military vehicle accident in the U.S. Military Academy’s training area. ⠀ ⠀ “Cadet Morgan was a valued member of the Corps of Cadets and will be missed by all. The entire community is ensuring that our cadets are being cared for physically, emotionally, and spiritually,” said Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, 60th Superintendent, U. S. Military Academy. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Morgan family.” ⠀ ⠀ Morgan, 22, of West Orange, New Jersey, passed away at the scene of the accident. He was a Law and Legal Studies major, and a recruited athlete who was a standout member of the Army Wrestling Team. ⠀ ⠀ “We are devastated by the news of Chris’ passing. He was a talented, hardworking, and determined athlete who loved his sport,” said Army West Point Wrestling Coach Kevin Ward. “Chris had an infectious personality with a smile big enough to fill any room, and a heart big enough to love everyone around him. He made everyone around him better and he will be greatly missed.” ⠀ ⠀ The Corps of Cadets will hold a vigil to honor Morgan tonight. A memorial ceremony for the West Point community and private funeral service will be held at the academy next week. ⠀

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WABC-TV reports speakers included former president Bill Clinton. Morgan's father had been part of the president's security detail.

West Point's Commandant of Cadets, Maj. Gen. Steve Gilland, called the 22-year-old "an exemplary classmate and teammate" and said the young man from West Orange, New Jersey, was "tremendously proud to be a cadet."

Morgan was killed last week when a tactical truck overturned on the way to a military training camp. Nineteen cadets and two soldiers operating the vehicle were injured in the accident.

At West Point, Morgan studied law and was on the Army's wrestling team.

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