MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Tragedy for the family of a South Florida soldier, who was shot and killed in his Colorado apartment.

Tuesday marked the last flight home for Army Sgt. Alexis Sanchez.

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The American Airlines passenger jet carrying his body received the traditional water cannon salute from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.

That was followed by a funeral procession, which made its way through South Miami-Dade.

The body of the U.S. Army combat veteran of the Afghanistan War was brought home for funeral services.

Sanchez, the father of a 2-year-old son, served in Afghanistan from April of 2018 to January of this year.

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The sergeant was stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado. He lived off base and it was here where he died.

William Garcia, 22. (Source: Colorado Springs Police)

According to an arrest affidavit, Sanchez was killed by a shot from a handgun that 22-year-old William Garcia allegedly dropped while “messing” with the weapon.

Detectives didn’t buy the fellow serviceman’s story, charging him with manslaughter in the 30-year-old sergeant’s death.

Police had a witness that “…stated he saw William Garcia pointing it at things including a washer and dryer in the apartment and just after that he heard a gunshot. (The witness) stated he looked over and saw William Garcia with the gun still in his hand.”


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Garcia was arrested and booked into jail, but has since bonded out.