Ari Cullers, a Waterford High School graduate and a sergeant in the U.S. Army, died this weekend serving his country in Afghanistan, according to multiple relatives’ and friends’ Facebook posts.
Cullers graduated Waterford High School in 2001, according to his Facebook page. He was a Giants fan who liked Michael Jordan, according to his Facebook page.
“R.I.P. Ari Cullers, KIA Afganistan, 10/30,” friend Keyth Reynolds wrote on Culler’s Facebook page. “Lost but never forgotten, rest in peace my brother.”
“I love you bro,” friend Arthur Hobson wrote on Culler’s Facebook page. “RIP.”
Cullers was a squad leader with the 10th Mountain Division based out of Fort Drum in New York.
The Army has yet to confirm the death. The name has not yet been released, although often that can take up to three days, according to a Department of Defense spokesman on Monday.
Cullers is the third Waterford High School graduate to die serving in the military in the Middle East since the War on Terror began. In 2003, Marine Cpl. Kemaphoom “Ahn” Chanawongse died in Iraq, and in 2010, Staff Sgt. Edwin Rivera died in Afghanistan.
Also, Waterford native died in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York City.