A Fort Bliss, Texas, soldier found unresponsive in her barracks this week was connected to another soldier who died of an accidental overdose in her barracks last New Year’s Eve, according to reports.
Pvt. Marriah A. Pouncy, 20, died Monday, the Army announced Thursday, according to KFOX 14 in El Paso.
Pouncy had been a potential witness in the court-martial of Pfc. Christian Alvarado, who was sentenced to 18 years in prison last week for sexually assaulting Pfc. Asia Graham, 19, and another woman. Pouncy ultimately didn’t testify in the case.
Graham was found unresponsive in her barracks from an overdose on Dec. 31, 2020, around a year after she reported Alvarado to authorities.
Graham and Pouncy were reportedly “close,” it was revealed in the trial and had been involved romantically and were engaged to be married, KVIA-TV in El Paso reported.
“I know she had a lot of love for (Marriah) and if Asia had still been alive, I know she would be devastated by her death,” Nicole Graham, Asia’s mother, told KVIA.
Pouncy was a human resources specialist assigned to the 1st Armored Division Combat Aviation Brigade, according to KFOX. She was a native of Arizona.