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Minnesota National Guard identifies soldier who died in South Carolina

The 19-year-old was a native of Owatonna.

The Minnesota National Guard has identified the soldier who died at a training center in South Carolina as 19-year-old Pvt. Connor McGurran.

McGurran, a native of Owatonna, was found unresponsive on Wednesday morning following a training exercise at Fort Jackson, the U.S. Army's largest basic training facility.

He was rushed to Providence Hospital, where he was pronounced dead by doctors.

McGurran had only enlisted in the Minnesota National Guard on Sept. 12, and began his training at the Arden Hills Recruit Sustainment Program.

"I extend my deepest sympathies and prayers to the family and loved ones of Pvt. Connor McGurran," said Lt. Col. Eduardo Suarez, the Minnesota National Guard's Recruiting and Retention Commander.

"He was a soldier with a promising future in our organization. We will provide every comfort to his family and the Recruiting and Retention Battalion, who are devastated by his untimely death. This is a tragic loss for the Minnesota National Guard."

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