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Killeen soldier who saved children during El Paso Walmart shooting found dead on Fort Bliss

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Posted at 2:56 PM, Apr 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-10 15:56:01-04

FORT BLISS, TX — The soldier with Killeen ties who saved children during the El Paso Walmart shooting on Aug. 3 was found dead on Fort Bliss.

Fort Bliss officials confirmed 23-year-old Private Glendon Oakly was found dead in his on-post quarters on April 8.

Private Oakly, a Killeen native, served as an automated supply logistical specialist, assigned to 540th Composite Supply Company, 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battallion, 1st Armored Division Sustainment Brigade.

His death is under investigation by Special Agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command.

At this time, officials say foul play is not suspected.

Private Oakley's awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and the Rifle Marksmanship Badge.

He was hailed as a hero for scooping up children and carrying them to safety during the shooting at an El Paso Walmart that claimed the lives of 22 people.

He was then arrested by Harker Heights police on October 3, 2019, for a warrant on military desertion.

Officials say no further information will be released at this time to protect the integrity of the investigative process.