Here is the official statement from Camp Shelby officials regarding the death of Spc. Holden Kyle Hughes who was killed Sunday in a Hattiesburg bar fight.
CAMP SHELBY, Miss. – The command and Soldiers of Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center are deeply sorry to hear the news about the loss of Spc. Holden Kyle Hughes of Brandon, Miss.
Spc. Hughes was a member of the Mississippi Army National Guard. He volunteered for deployment to Afghanistan and recently returned from an accomplished deployment with the 289th Vertical Construction Engineer Company of Bruce, Miss. Spc. Hughes' home unit was the 168th Engineer Brigade of Vicksburg.
Spc. Hughes was currently on leave after his recent return from Afghanistan. He was not currently stationed at Camp Shelby even though he served as a member of Range Control for three years prior to his deployment.
During his recent deployment, Spc. Hughes earned the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal and the Shoulder Sleeve Insignia-Former Wartime Service Unit Combat Patch.
Spc. Hughes was 23 years old. Information regarding the recent death of Spc. Hughes is currently under investigation with local authorities.
Camp Shelby leaders and Soldiers mourn with the Family for the loss of such a young and talented Soldier, son and friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Family and friends of Spc. Hughes during this very difficult time.