US Army soldier found dead in Italy has been identified

US Army Private Peter Cimino (Facebook/US Army)

A young US Army paratrooper was found dead near Caserma Ederle in Vicenza, Italy, prompting US and Italian authorities to open up about his demise

Private Peter Cimino was found dead in the barracks on Sunday, a tragic end to a life that had only lasted nineteen years.

A native of Danville, Kentucky, Cimino was still relatively new to the Army when he was assigned to the 1/503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment in August of last year.

Prior to joining the Army, Cimino was a horse trainer. During his time in Italy, he appeared to enjoy visiting the nearby tourist destinations based on his posts made to social media.

A small unit compared to most, the impact of a single death in the 173rd Airborne Brigade is often felt across the tiny and heavily-condensed Caserma Ederle.

“Our condolences go out to Peter’s family and friends,” brigade spokesman Maj. Christopher Bradley said in a statement. “The entire U.S. military in Vicenza is deeply saddened by the loss of one of our own.”

According to The Stars and Stripes, Cimino is but one of three US Soldiers to be found dead on Caserma Ederle within a year’s time.

While local media speculated that alcohol or drugs played a role, US and Italian authorities are declining to give a cause of death at this time, and the incident is under investigation.

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