23-year-old US Army Specialist Derek McConnell, severely injured in Afghanistan in 2011, was found dead at his home on 18th March 2013.
In July 2011, while serving in Afghanistan, he was caught in the blasts from two bombs during a patrol in Kandahar province. As a result, he lost both his legs and suffered a fractured skull, among other injuries.
Spc. McConnell, from New Jersey, joined the US Army in 2009. After he was wounded in action, he spent a year in a Maryland hospital and returned home to Parsippany in late 2012.
The incident happened as he brought his unit in to support fellow soldiers who had been injured by a hidden mine. McConnell had unknowingly walked into a minefield and, subsequently, two of the devices exploded. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal With Valor Device.