Flags to fly at half-staff in honor of cadet killed in crash

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Flags will fly at half-staff in New Jersey to honor a cadet killed in a vehicle rollover during a training exercise at the U.S. Military Academy earlier this month.

West Point officials have said Christopher Morgan, of West Orange, died Thursday when a tactical vehicle carrying cadets overturned in wooded terrain. Nineteen cadets and two soldiers operating the vehicle sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has issued an executive order directing that flags be lowered Wednesday to honor Morgan. The Democratic governor said Morgan “represented the best of New Jersey and this nation.”

The 22-year-old Morgan was a law and legal studies major in the Class of 2020. He was a recruited athlete and a standout member of the Army wrestling team.