Entire family found dead at Army post likely died from a murder-suicide

Staff Sgt. Meiziaha T. Cooper, Desmond Cooper, and their children.

Army officials have identified the deceased found at Fort Stewart after their bodies were discovered last week.

The bodies of a soldier, her husband, and their two children were found last Wednesday afternoon after members of the soldier’s unit requested a welfare check, according to the statement from Fort Stewart officials.

They were identified as Staff Sgt. Meiziaha T. Cooper, Desmond Cooper, and their children, 4 and 9 years old.

According to Fort Stewart officials, Staff Sgt. Cooper joined the Army in October 2012 and served as a culinary noncommissioned officer. Her awards included four Army Commendation Medals and six Army Achievement Medals.

Desmond Cooper was a ‘prior service veteran,’ according to an Army spokesperson

Desmond Cooper (Facebook)

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Staff Sgt. Cooper’s family, friends, and teammates during this very difficult and tragic time,” said 3rd Infantry Division Deputy Commander of Operations Col. Jeremy S. Wilson. “Our community has been shaken by this unspeakable tragedy and out of respect to the family, we ask for privacy to grieve this loss.”

Officials said the investigation’s early findings indicated the deaths were domestic in nature and no further details would be provided.

The investigation itself is still active, according to a statement from Fort Stewart.

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