Christopher Morgan

U.S. Military Academy

West Point Cadet Killed In Vehicle Crash Identified As NJ Native

June 07, 2019 - 2:08 pm
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WEST POINT, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — A West Point cadet killed in a vehicle crash Thursday near a summer training camp has been identified as 22-year-old Christopher Morgan, of West Orange, New Jersey.

Morgan was expected to graduate in 2020 with a major in law and legal studies. School officials say he was a recruited athlete and a standout member of the Army Wrestling Team.

“Cadet Morgan was a valued member of the Corps of Cadets and will be missed by all. The entire community is ensuring that our cadets are being cared for physically, emotionally, and spiritually,” said Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, 60th Superintendent, U.S. Military Academy. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Morgan family.” 

Morgan died Thursday when a vehicle transporting a group of West Point cadets overturned on a dirt road as they were headed to a land navigation training course.

“We are devastated by the news of Chris’ passing. He was a talented, hardworking, and determined athlete who loved his sport,” said Army West Point Wrestling Coach Kevin Ward.  “Chris had an infectious personality with a smile big enough to fill any room, and a heart big enough to love everyone around him. He made everyone around him better and he will be greatly missed.”

As WCBS 880’s Kevin Rincon reported, Morgan’s younger brother, Colin, is scheduled to become a member of the class of 2023 at the Academy.

Father, Christopher Morgan, Sr. said his son was someone he could brag about and somebody he could be proud of.

““My son was my hero. He was a hero to me,” he said. “He was an inspiration to others. He was a leader, he was a bright light. He was a shining star.”

The tragic accident, which happened on the 75th anniversary of D-Day, was acknowledged by President Donald Trump, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Gov. Phil Murphy, Sen. Corey Booker, Sen. Bob Menendez and other top politicians, who offered their condolences.

They say he represented the highest and best values of New Jersey and the country.

The Corps of Cadets will hold a vigil to honor Morgan Friday evening.

A memorial ceremony for the West Point community and private funeral service will be held at the academy in the next week.