Memphis soldier killed in Texas, reports say

Memphis soldier killed in Texas, reports say

EL PASO, Texas — A Memphis soldier was killed in El Paso, Texas, according to KFOXTV.

From the press release, FOX13 learned 21-year-old Deangelo Meriweather was killed at a house party.

The shooting happened on Saturday night. The report said a fight broke out leading to shots being fired.

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Police were dispatched about 1:51 a.m.

Five people in total were shot, but Meriweather is the only one who died from his injuries.

"Meriweather joined the Army from Memphis, Tennessee, in March 2017. Army officials said Meriweather had been stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas since January 2018 and recently returned from a deployment to the Republic of Korea," the report said. 

He was an information technology specialist with 4th Battalion, 1st Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team and 1st AD.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to Spc. Meriweather's family for their loss due to this tragic event," said Lt. Col. Jason Carter, commander of 4th Bn., 1st Field Artillery Regt. "The details of this event are under investigation at this time, and we will be working with El Paso authorities to assist in any way we can."

Meriweather's awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Ribbon, Korea Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon and the Rifle Marksmanship Badge.

The suspect, Joseph Anthony Rocha, 17, has been charged with murder and his bond was set at $1 million.

According to Newsweek, Rocha live-streamed a standoff with a SWAT team and had barricaded himself in a residence before his arrest.

Newsweek and KFOXTV contributed to this article.

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