Veteran’s Death Ruled a Homicide after Officials say he was Injected with Fatal Dose of Insulin

(CLARKSBURG, W.Va.) — The death of a Vietnam veteran from Pennsylvania is now the subject of a wrongful death lawsuit in West Virginia.

Retired Sgt. Felix Kirk McDermott died in April 2018 at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg, West Virginia.Advertisement

A lawyer representing his estate claimed McDermott died after he was injected with a fatal dose of insulin while at the center. According to WDTV, an autopsy showed McDermott was not a diabetic and that he was showing improvement in his medical condition when was injected with insulin.

The claim, filed in court last week, calls McDermott’s death a homicide. The claim also alleges that nine or 10 other patients died at the VA under similar circumstances. The claim also states that employees never told McDermott’s family how he died. He was buried four days later.

According to the obituary for McDermott, he lived in Westmoreland County and was born in Braddock before serving in the Army and the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. He is survived by two children, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin called the allegations appalling and said he will investigate.

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