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Fort Bragg soldier found dead in home

Posted January 30

An 82nd Airborne Division paratrooper was found unresponsive at his home early Tuesday morning in Hope Mills. Staff Sgt. Alton Jefferson II, 36, of Lancaster, Calif., was later pronounced dead. The cause of his death is under investigation.

— An 82nd Airborne Division paratrooper was found unresponsive at his Hope Mills home early Tuesday morning, the military announced Thursday.

Staff Sgt. Alton Jefferson II, 36, of Lancaster, Calif., was later pronounced dead. The cause of his death is under investigation.

Jefferson was a photographer who, in the last entry on his photography blog dated Jan. 23, detailed his recovery from a broken pelvis suffered after a jump:

"There are much worse ways to be injured, and I thank God that he had his hand over me on that day," he wrote. "But I would not wish this injury on my worst enemy. I maintain my sense of humor about the whole thing because it’s a weird injury. For the most part I feel fine. As long as I’m still, there is little to no pain (the last couple days have been rough with the cold though). The thing is that I’m pretty much helpless otherwise. The doc said it would be a few weeks before I can walk again, and I would be a while till I’m at 100%. But no surgery, no internal damage."

Jefferson was a military intelligence systems maintainer/integrator with Delta Company,127th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team.

He joined the Army in October 2000 and joined the 82nd Airborne Division in February 2012. His deployments include two tours in Afghanistan and one tour in Iraq.

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  • Hippy_mom Jan 31, 10:21 a.m.

    1775 said it best. We are all fortunate that there are people like Staff Sgt. Alton Jefferson II who are willing to serve our country.

  • illegalsgohomerevised Jan 31, 10:20 a.m.

    So sad........RIP good soldier.

  • djofraleigh Jan 31, 10:17 a.m.

    Can't help but wonder if the injury contributed to the death of a man this young?

  • BlahBlahBlahBlahBlah Jan 31, 9:41 a.m.

    Thank you for your service Soldier. May God be with, and provide healing to, your friends and... View More

    — Posted by 1775

    How eloquently expressed. I agree. Thank you Mr Jefferson II.

  • 1775 Jan 31, 8:24 a.m.

    Thank you for your service Soldier. May God be with, and provide healing to, your friends and family during this tough time.