Barksdale Airman fatally stabbed identified

Barksdale Airman fatally stabbed identified
(Source: Bossier City Police Department)
(Source: Bossier City Police Department)

BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) - Officials at Barksdale Air Force Base have identified the airman the was fatally stabbed early Saturday night.

According to representatives from Barksdale, Technical Sergeant Zechariah Casagranda was the man stabbed in the rear parking lot of Rockin Rodeo at 2:00 a.m.

Casagranda was the assistant NCO in charge of 2nd Munitions Squadron line delivery.

"The tragic loss of an Airman is a deep blow to the men and women of 2nd Munitions Squadron.  Our unit is a close group, and in times like this we stand by to support each other and the Airman's family and friends," said Lt. Col. James Hendrickson, 2nd MUNS commander.

Barksdale will host a private memorial service in memory of Tech Sgt. Casagranda for his family and friends.

"We are with his family, confident in the support our Barksdale community offers to all touched by this tragedy. We will continue to work with local authorities throughout their investigation," said Col. Kristin E. Goodwin, 2nd Bomb Wing commander.

The 34-year-old airman was reportedly stabbed during an altercation involving two groups of men in the rear parking lot of the night club.

Detectives with the Bossier City Police Department's Violent Crimes Unit arrested 21-year-old Benjamin William Shaw of Killeen, Texas in connection with the fatal stabbing. Shaw is facing a charge of second degree murder.

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