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Two paratroopers in the 82nd Airborne Division reportedly died in their Fort Bragg barracks room on Friday.

35-year-old Spc. Joshua Diamond, of Plymouth, and 20-year-old Pfc. Matthew Disney, of Aberdeen, Md., who joined the Army in 2019, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators believe that the deaths involved drugs.

“At this point in the investigation we do have credible information that the soldiers were involved with illicit drugs,” said CID spokesman Chris Grey.

Both men served as field artillery fire finder radar operators in the 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team.

Diamond also served in Iraq in 2020.

Col. Phillip J. Kiniery III, the soldiers’ brigade commander, commented on the deaths.

“We mourn the passing of Matthew and Joshua. They remain part of our Family of Falcon Brigade Paratroopers. Our thoughts and prayers are with their loved ones and fellow Paratroopers during this difficult time.”

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