The V.I. National Guard on Friday identified a Guard soldier who was found dead Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, on St. Thomas as 21-year-old PFC Kyjuan R. Naughton of St. Croix.
The cause of death is still under investigation and is being investigated as a homicide by the V.I. Police Department.
Naughton was serving on Territorial Active Duty on St. Thomas, assigned to the 661st Military Police Detachment. His name was withheld pending the notification of next of kin.
Naughton entered military service on Dec. 16, 2014. He was a resident of St. Croix and :”served honorably,” according to the VING news release.
“My deepest condolences go out to PFC Naughton’s family, friends and the V.I. National Guard,” said Brigadier General Deborah Y. Howell, the adjutant general. “It is the most difficult charge as a commander to relay the sad news of losing a service member. My heart bleeds as everyone in my formation becomes my child. I ask for your prayers and God’s guidance in serving. As we face this challenge we must continue to stay vigilant and supportive to ensure we all get through the difficult times. We will make every effort to grieve and serve our community, considering the impact that many Virgin Islanders and visitors had to endure as a result of Hurricanes Irma and Maria damages.”