A WAR veteran and New York congressional candidate named Kyle Van De Water was found dead in Poughkeepsie in the Empire State on September 7.
Van De Water, 41, was discovered dead by law enforcement at Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery not long after he pulled out of the race to unseat Rep Antonio Delgado in New York's 19th congressional district on August 27.
Who was Kyle Van De Water?
Van De Water was a Republican attorney who challenged incumbent Rep Delgado, a Democrat, in 2020.
He was a University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Albany Law School graduate, according to People.
Van De Water served in the Army for eight years and was deployed in Afghanistan as part of his service.
He received a Bronze Star for his service in Afghanistan in 2011 and also earned the Meritorious Service medal before he was granted an honorable discharge in 2014.
What was Kyle Van De Water’s cause of death?
Police are investigating Van De Water’s death as a likely suicide, the Mid Hudson News reported, after Town of Poughkeepsie Police responded to a report of a “man down” at the Rural Cemetery in Poughkeepsie.
Rep Delgado said Van De Water’s death “is tragically felt not only on an individual level, but also nationally, as far too many veterans across our country are going without the support and care that their service to our great land undoubtedly necessitates. We can and must do better.”
Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro said Van De Water “was a war hero who put his life and well-being on the line for his country. We owe him, his family, and all of our brave service men and women everything for the sacrifices they have made.”
The news of Van De Water’s sudden death came after he left the race for New York's 19th congressional district.
“I have been truly humbled by and will be forever grateful for all of the support I have received these past few years,” the veteran said when he withdrew.
“Unfortunately, circumstances in my life have changed and I am no longer able to give 110 percent towards this endeavor.”
“For the good of the party, and the district, I have decided to withdraw my candidacy. I look forward to vigorously and enthusiastically supporting the GOP candidate in 2022.”
Was Kyle Van De Water married?
"My heart is broken for Kyle's children & family,” Molinaro said in his statement about Van De Water’s passing.
“My prayers are with them as they attempt to come to grips with this tragedy.”
Van De Water is survived by his wife, Melissa, and their four children, according to New York Post.
If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text Crisis Text Line at 741741.
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