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Authorities investigating Cannon airman's death


Last updated 5/21/2022 at 4:18pm

A Cannon Air Force Base airman was found dead in his Melrose home on Thursday and authorities are investigating the case.

Curry County Sheriff Wesley Waller said the Office of the Medical Investigator has conducted an autopsy and early this week was “still in the process of testing and analysis” to assist authorities in determining the manner of death.

A family member identified the victim as Emerald Dragon ASL Masofa Awoha-li Baskin-Young.

He was 24.

A Cannon news release stated the airman was a structural apprentice from Cannon’s 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron.

“He was known as the go-to Airman,” Cannon Master Sgt. Dustin Clayton stated in a news release. “He was able to complete any task with exceptional craftsmanship. His teammates often describe him as a selfless servant to the shop, always showing up with excitement and energy to motivate others.”

Col. Terence Taylor, 27th Special Operations Wing commander, stated: “Team Cannon is heartbroken by the loss … Our hearts are with Emerald’s family, friends and co-workers during this emotional time.”


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