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Paula Walker ID’ed As Soldier Who Committed Suicide At Fort Lee (Video)

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Sgt. 1st Class Paula M. Walker

The Army has identified the woman who committed suicide at Fort Lee Army base on Monday as Sgt. 1st Class Paula M. Walker, 33, of Yonkers, N.Y.

As Home Post reported previously, Walker entered Building 5020 of the Combined Arms Support Command Headquarters on base at about 9 a.m. EDT. She barricaded herself inside the building with a handgun, and then turned the gun on herself.

Walker was declared dead later that morning at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center.

Walker had a twin brother named Paul, who told he was at a loss as to why his sister took her own life:

"This was totally unseen. I spoke to her a week ago and she was fine and in good spirits. I just don't know, you never know. You never know what's going on in a person’s mind.

"It doesn't make sense to me."

Jim Bostic, executive director of the Nepperhan Community Center, told The Journal News he has fond memories of Walker as a child in Yonkers.

"She was very nice, very sweet and never gave us an ounce of trouble. She always seem to be in good spirits, a happy child, always having fun.

"Paula seemed to have a sense of who she wanted to be."

Paul Walker says his sister had an eight-year-old daughter she was raising as a single mother.

Virginia television station WTVR-TV has more on Walker's impressive career in the military:

Soldier who killed herself at Fort Lee had 15-month combat tour in Iraq


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