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Va. Army base probes 4 deaths, possible suicides

Sunday - 9/2/2012, 7:11pm  ET

PETERSBURG, Va. - Fort Lee is investigating whether four deaths this year were suicides.

If they were, the deaths would represent a sharp increase in the number of suicides reported annually by the base.

The Progress-Index reports that the Army post has averaged 1.1 suicides per year over the past decade.

Two of the latest deaths occurred in July. They remain under investigation.

Nationwide, potential suicides so far this year through the end of July for active duty personnel is 116.

A Fort Lee spokesman says suicide prevention is a top priority on the base.

Sept. 27, Fort Lee is joining in the Army-wide stand down to support suicide prevention.

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