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On Friday, Rep. Vivian Flowers, D-Pine Bluff, released the following statement regarding the death of Sgt. Cortez Hill of Pine Bluff:

"Our community lost a young man known for his passion for justice and fairness at a young age. His family said it was no surprise to them when Sgt. Hill chose to serve his country. His strive for excellence shows in his numerous military awards. His love for his community and country is evident by the overwhelming outpouring of our district. My deepest sympathies are with his friends and family."

Hill, 21, passed away Oct.3 in Wahiawa, Hawaii.

Hill worked as a gun mechanic in the Fox Company 2-11th Field Artillery Unit stationed in Hawaii. During his service, Cortez received two Army Achievement Medals, an Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and Combat and Special Skills Badge Basic Marksmanship Qualifying Badge.

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