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Barksdale airman dies after ATV wreck in East Texas

Kelsey Reed's official portrait. The photo shows her as a Senior Airman, however she was promoted to Staff Sgt. on April 1. (Source: Barksdale Airforce Base) Kelsey Reed's official portrait. The photo shows her as a Senior Airman, however she was promoted to Staff Sgt. on April 1. (Source: Barksdale Airforce Base)
Friends of 23-year-old Kelsey Reed say the airman died following a crash Saturday night. (Source: Kayli Bailey/ Family Friend) Friends of 23-year-old Kelsey Reed say the airman died following a crash Saturday night. (Source: Kayli Bailey/ Family Friend)
Friends of 23-year-old Kelsey Reed say the airman died following a crash Saturday night. (Source: Kayli Bailey/ Family Friend) Friends of 23-year-old Kelsey Reed say the airman died following a crash Saturday night. (Source: Kayli Bailey/ Family Friend)
BOSSIER PARISH, LA (KSLA) -

A Barksdale Air Force Base airman died after a weekend ATV accident in East Texas near Clarksville.

On Friday, The Air Force identified the airman as Staff Sgt. 23-year-old Kelsey Taber Reed. They say she was pronounced dead at the East Texas Medical Center in Tyler at 7:25 p.m., April 12.

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our own. The tragic loss of an Airman takes a heavy toll on the men and women of our wing,” said Col. Ty Neuman, 2nd Bomb Wing commander. “Our hearts go out to Staff Sgt. Reed’s family and friends in this difficult time.”

Friends of Reed say they were having a pre-deployment party when the accident happened near the Oklahoma state line.

"I mean no matter how bad of a day you were having, she could turn it around just by looking at you and smiling. The biggest, brightest smile," said Kayli Bailey, who said she had known Reed since middle school. 

The party was in honor of Reed being deployed next month. 

Kelly Daniels said she was there when the accident happened.

"It was chaotic at first. There was a bunch of people there. People were yelling to call 911.

"As soon as we heard someone scream and yell 'Call 911,' everybody took off and ran and rushed to her. And I saw that it was Kelsey on the ground."

Reed was flown to a Tyler, Texas, hospital, where she later was pronounced dead.

"It's hard. It was hard seeing her like that," Bailey said. "But I'm very thankful I was able to."

Now Reed's loved ones, including Daniels and the rest of Reed's CrossFit SBC gym community, are finding ways to remember her.

"We will put together a special workout. We will make one that's special, and it will be Kelsey's movements and it will all be able Kelsey Reed," Daniels said.

"It will probably be something that we do annually just in remembrance of her."

Reed was a Family Health Medical Journeyman assigned to the 2nd Medical Operation Squadron. She joined the Air Force in 2012.

"Staff Sgt. Kelsey Reed was an outstanding Non-Commissioned Officer and medical technician and she will be greatly missed," said 2nd Medical Operations Squadron Commander Lt. Col. David Walmsley, her squadron commander.

Reed's funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Valliant High School in Valliant, Okla., Bailey said. The graveside service will follow at New Haven Baptist Church in Clarksville, Texas.

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