The U.S. military is in mourning this week after two American soldiers were killed in a car crash in El Paso, Texas.

The Army Times reported that Sgt. 1st Class Keith A. Rambo, 32, and Spc. Malvin Kyei-Baffour, 21, were killed early Sunday morning in a multi-vehicle car crash near the interchange of Interstate 375 and 601 Liberty Spur. A third Fort Bliss soldier was also injured in the crash, but officials say that he is recovering in stable condition at this time.

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A police statement states that the crash took place when a 2002 Kia Rio driven by 27-year-old Jhairo Jonathan Ajtun Martinez veered into a guardrail, splitting the car apart. The passenger compartment flew out into the roadway, where it was hit by a 2021 Dodge Charger “traveling at a high rate of speed.”

The Charger had been carrying various Fort Bliss soldiers, and it continued traveling several hundred feet before it also crashed and caught on fire. Police say that the driver and the person in the front seat of the vehicle were both killed.

Fort Bliss officials said that Rambo was from Michigan and joined the military back in 2007. He was assigned to the 47th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team as a senior maintenance supervisor. Rambo had served three tours of duty in Iraq and one in Kuwait. After serving 16 months as a Recruiter in Knoxville, Tennessee, Rambo assumed his final assignment at Fort Bliss in July of 2020.

“Sgt. 1st Class Rambo was a pivotal member of our team and an exemplary noncommissioned officer,” Rambo’s battalion commander Lt. Col. Rian Carter said in a statement. “Due to his perseverance and resiliency, he was essentially the Platoon Sergeant for the entire battalion, not simply Bravo Company. He always focused on the welfare, training, and quality of life of his Soldiers and his charismatic personality will be sorely missed.”

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Kyei-Baffour was born in Ghana and grew up in Red Oak, Texas. He joined the Army in 2019, and served as an artillery mechanic assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team. Fort Bliss had been his very first duty station.

“We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones. We care deeply for our soldiers and family members and stand ready to support as we all come together from this tragic loss,” Kyei-Baffour’s battalion commander Lt. Col. Matthew M. Fox said in a statement of his own.

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Police are still investigating this car crash at this time. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of both the deceased soldiers.

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