Family of Appalachian Trail hiker killed in Southwest Virginia releases statement

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WYTHE COUNTY, Va. (WJHL)- Thursday afternoon News Channel 11 received a statement and photos of  43-year-old Ronald S. Sanchez, Jr. of Oklahoma.  

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Sanchez was killed in an attack over the weekend while hiking the Appalachian Trail in Wythe County, Virginia. 

His family sent the following statement. 

“There was more to his life than this tragic event. Ronald S. Sanchez Jr., retired Army combat veteran, who was kind, selfless, strong, adventurous and full of life.”

-Sanchez Family 

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