LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The father of an Indiana soldier who died during basic training says his son had dreamed of joining the military ever since he was in middle school.
Brent Rardin says his 20-year-old son Aurek Rardin was on his last training exercise for advanced infantry training when he became ill at Fort Benning, Ga., and died at a hospital Saturday.
Rardin tells the Journal & Courier his son's letters were all about excitement for the things he was doing.
The younger Rardin grew up in Lafayette and graduated from Jefferson High School in 2012.
Rardin says an autopsy found nothing unusual with his son and that the Army continues to investigate the death.
2 dead, dozens injured in fireworks incidents
Two Indiana residents died over the weekend in fireworks-related incidents.
Ryan White's mother opens up about bullying
Ryan White's mother is speaking at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis about how her family survived significant bullying.
Scammer pretending to be with paving company
The Better Business Bureau is warning Hoosiers to be on the lookout for a man pretending to be with a paving company and threatening people…
SUV crashes into restaurant months after fire
A driver crashed into Hotcakes Emporium Pancake House Restaurant on the city's north side Sunday.
IMS: Stones likely not last major concert
The Rolling Stones electrified the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday night and fans are still buzzing.