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Flags to fly at half-staff in honor of cadet killed in crash

June 12, 2019 - 8:52 am

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) _ Flags will fly at half-staff in New Jersey to honor a cadet killed in a vehicle rollover during a training exercise at the U.S. Military Academy earlier this month.

West Point officials have said Christopher Morgan, of West Orange, died Thursday when a tactical vehicle carrying cadets overturned in wooded terrain. Nineteen cadets and two soldiers operating the vehicle sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has issued an executive order directing that flags be lowered Wednesday to honor Morgan. The Democratic governor said Morgan ``represented the best of New Jersey and this nation.''

The 22-year-old Morgan was a law and legal studies major in the Class of 2020. He was a recruited athlete and a standout member of the Army wrestling team.

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