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Texas Military Department Releases Name of Deceased Soldier


Austin, Texas (October 6, 2022) – The Texas Military Department announced the death of a Texas National Guard Soldier supporting Operation Lone Star. 

Texas Army National Guard Spc. Demetrio Torres, 20, died from an apparent gunshot wound on October 4, 2022, in Eagle Pass, Texas.

Texas Rangers and the command are investigating.

He was assigned as an infantryman to Company Delta, 3rd Battalion, 144th Infantry Regiment.

  “We are grieved by this loss. We honor the time and service Spc. Torres gave to the Texas Army National Guard, his presence will be missed in our ranks,” said Maj. Gen. Thomas Suelzer, the Texas Adjutant General. 

   All service members of the Texas Military Department, to include Operation Lone Star, have access to mental health and wellness resources. The Texas Military Department Counseling Program can be reached via the 24/7 counseling line at 512-782-5069. The Military Crisis Line/Suicide Prevention can be reached at 988




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Camp Mabry (Austin), Texas 78703
Phone: 512-782-5620