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Army says Fort Bliss Pfc. Asia Graham died of accidental fentanyl drug mix

Pfc. Asia Graham after completing basic training. (US Army/TNS)

A young Fort Bliss soldier found dead in her barracks room New Year’s Eve died due to an accidental drug mixture, military officials said Wednesday.

A military autopsy determined that 19-year-old Pfc. Asia Graham died due to “accidental mixed drug intoxication” of fentanyl and multiple synthetic cannabinoids, a Fort Bliss news release stated.

Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid. Synthetic cannabinoids are commonly known as synthetic marijuana, K2 and Spice.

The autopsy was conducted by the Armed Forces Medical Examiner at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

Fort Bliss stated that details surrounding Graham’s death remain under investigation by the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command.

A military court-martial is underway at Fort Bliss for Pfc. Christian G. Alvarado on multiple sexual assault charges, including for allegedly raping Graham.

Graham allegedly was raped by Alvarado while she unconscious on Dec. 30, 2019, within the first month of her arrival at Fort Bliss.

Fort Bliss was her first duty station after joining the Army five months earlier.

Military officials said Graham was found dead in her barracks room on the morning of Dec. 31, 2020, almost exactly a year since the alleged assault took place.


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