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VMI Cadet Dies

LEXINGTON, Va., April 22, 2014 – A Virginia Military Institute cadet died unexpectedly in Rockbridge County Tuesday evening.

The body of Eric B. Alter, 22, of Centreville, Va., was found by Rockbridge County Sheriff’s deputies near Goshen. Local law enforcement and emergency agencies responded.

He is survived by his parents, Bruce and Beth Alter of Centreville, and his sister, Betsy. Funeral arrangements are pending.

The VMI Corps of Cadets was informed of Alter’s death early Tuesday evening. Counseling and pastoral care is available to cadets, faculty, and staff.

“Our thoughts go out to his family. He was an outstanding cadet,” said Gen. J.H. Binford Peay III, superintendent.

Alter was an English major, was director of operations for the lacrosse team, and was commander of the Corps’ 2nd Battalion. He was set to graduate in May and to commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps.

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