According to local officials, Kyle Van De Water, an Afghan war veteran and former New York congressional candidate who abruptly ended his second campaign last month, died suddenly on Tuesday.
According to MidHudsonNews.com, the 41-year-old Van der Water challenged the current Democratic Rep. Antonio Delgado last year. After responding to the report of “Man Falling Down”, the police found him dead at the Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery.
The news of his death came shortly after he announced and then withdrew another congressional campaign for next year’s midterm elections. Last year, he lost to Delgado by more than 40,000 votes.
Delgado said in a statement Twitter He was “heartbroken for Kyle and his beautiful family.
Delgado said: “We have shared a lot of conversations about family and country, and I know he loves both.”
He shared the number of the veterans crisis hotline, but did not mention the cause of death.
Delgado added: “Kyle’s death is not only sad on a personal level, but also sad on a national level, because there are too many veterans in our country without what they undoubtedly need to serve our great land. Leave with support and care.” “We can and must do better. May God rest Kyle’s soul and God bless his family.”
Just a few weeks ago, Van der Water announced that he would withdraw from his candidacy and stated that he looked forward to “strongly supporting the Republican candidate in 2022.”
“I feel very humble for all the support I have received in the past few years and will always be grateful. It is an honor to meet so many people during my journey through the region,” the 41-year-old said on August 27. Announced in a statement posted on Twitter.
He added: “Unfortunately, my living environment has changed and I can no longer contribute 110% to this effort. For the benefit of the party and the region, I decided to withdraw my candidacy.”
Daches County Chief Executive Marc Molinaro said Twitter He prayed for the families of veterans as they tried to “cope with this tragedy.”
Molinaro said: “Kyle is a war hero who gave his life and happiness to the country.” “We owe him, his family, and all our brave soldiers and women for the sacrifices they made.”
The New York Republican Party said, “It is deeply saddened to learn that Kyle died young.”
“He is an American hero and soldier, and his selfless service in the army will never be forgotten. In this extremely difficult period, our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones,” it said in a statement Said in.
According to the biography on the Van der Water website, he was born in Rheinbeck and grew up in Poughkeepsie. He studied political science and economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and then graduated from Albany Law School.
He joined the U.S. Army in 2006, was assigned to the General Office of Judges, and worked as an administrative law lawyer at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He was later sent to Kabul, Afghanistan, and was awarded the Bronze Star in 2011.
Van der Water received the Meritorious Medal and an honorable discharge in 2014.
As of Tuesday night, the cause of Van der Water’s death is still unclear.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times