Remains of Bradenton soldier killed during training exercise to return home

Manatee County

BRADENTON, Fla. (WFLA) – The remains of a Bradenton solider will return home Wednesday, days after he was killed in a training accident while serving the country.

U.S. Army, Pfc. Nick Panipinto, 20, died last week in South Korea.

The Manatee High School grad had some rough times after school, so his parents suggested joining the U.S. Army.

Last week, two uniformed military men showed up at the family home.

“It was the worst possible news I could ever imagine,” Anthony Panipinto, Nick’s Father, told 8 On Your Side’s Peter Bernard on Veterans Day.

Anthony said Nick died during a training exercise when a Bradley fighting vehicle rolled over.

“Nicholas was, everybody loved him. He was such, just a good heart, just a solid kid,” his dad said.

The Army will fly Nick home on Wednesday night. He’ll be buried on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at the Sarasota National Cemetery.

The Manatee County Search and Rescue posted information on its Facebook page, urging people to join a remembrance Wednesday.

They’re asked to bring LED candles and small lights to the Publix supermarket at 3913 W. Manatee Avenue in Bradenton at 7:30 p.m.

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