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Fort Bragg soldier dies in motorcycle wreck

Posted August 13
Updated August 14

A 21-year-old motorcyclist died early Saturday after a wreck on Martin Luther King Jr. Freeway in Fayetteville, police said.
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— A 22-year-old soldier at Fort Bragg died early Saturday after a motorcycle wreck on Martin Luther King Jr. Freeway in Fayetteville, police said.

The wreck happened at about 1:15 a.m. between Robeson and Gillespie streets when Jesus Rios, of the 6600 block of Vaughn Road, lost control of his motorcycle and crashed. Rios was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, where he later died.

Rios was an automated logistical specialist assigned to 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion of the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade.

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of a valued member of our team," said Lieutenant Colonel Shane Finison, commander of the 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion. "Rios was a stellar trooper. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time."

Rios was from Oklahoma and joined the Army in June 2013. He attended basic combat training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina before he was stationed at Fort Bragg.

Rios deployed to Afghanistan for five months in 2014. His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terror Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.

Police said a silver Cadillac sedan was in the area at the time of the crash, and authorities are asking the driver of that car or anyone inside it contact them.

An investigation of the crash is ongoing. Anyone with information about it should call the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-433-1885 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477.

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