Kenai airman dies in fall from Maryland hotel balcony

Officials investigate fall from seventh floor

Anchorage Daily NewsJuly 6, 2012 

Courtesy of the Alaska Air National GuardAlaska Air National Guardsman Senior Airman Cameron Mixsooke of Kenai, Alaska stands in front of an Alaska National Guard mural during a recent deployment to Kuwait.

An airman with the Alaska Air National Guard fell to his death Thursday from a seventh-floor balcony at a Maryland hotel, according to the Guard.

Senior Airman Cameron Mixsooke, a 26-year-old Kenai resident and a specialist with air-handling systems, had served in Kuwait for six months and was headed home to Alaska, Guard spokesman Maj. Guy Hayes said in a written statement. Mixsooke was staying at a hotel in Baltimore, Md., where the fall occurred, Hayes said.

According to witnesses accounts referred to in Hayes' statement, Mixsooke went onto the balcony of his seventh-floor hotel room and climbed over the railing. Mixsooke fell and was declared dead from his severe injuries at a Baltimore hospital.

"It is unclear at this time whether Mixsooke's death was intentional," Hayes' statement says.

Mixsooke was a technician who worked on heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems for the Guard's 176th Civil Engineer Squadron, the statement said. He joined the Guard in 2007 after prior military service with the Army.

Mixsooke leaves behind a wife, Samantha, and his parents, Reuben and Sharon Mixsooke of Unalakleet. Meantime, an investigation into the circumstances of Mixsooke's death is ongoing, the Guard statement said.

Reach Casey Grove at casey.grove@ or 257-4589.

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