Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Private 1st Class Roman Centeno Jr. who was killed in a car accident Wednesday night in Natick. Private Centeno served with the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine at Natick.

"At USARIEM, our organization is hurting today because we lost a wonderful young man -- a selfless and dedicated Soldier and a close friend," said Col. Sean O'Neil, the USARIEM Commander. "Roman made a positive impact on those who worked and lived with him. This is truly a great loss to our USARIEM family and our Army. He will be missed by everyone whose life he touched."

Centeno, 21, who hailed from Chicago, Ill., enlisted in the Army in 2016 as a medical logistics specialist. He completed basic combat training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, advanced individual training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas and previously served with the 563rd Medical Logistics Company at Camp Carroll, Republic Korea before arriving at USARIEM in January of this year.

"Private Centeno was a great Soldier and outstanding individual," said 1st Lieutenant Robert Hugenberger, USARIEM chief of logistics. "His cheerful attitude always brought a positive energy to the workplace on a daily basis. He was an integral part of USARIEM and the logistics division and we will never forget the contributions he made to our team in his short time here. He will be missed by everyone here and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends."

USARIEM will remember Centeno's life during a Memorial service on Oct. 26.

"Our priority is to support Private Centeno's family and to honor his life and service to our Nation," said O'Neil. "We are working closely with the installation chaplain to make grief counselors available to our Soldiers and workforce. We ask the community to remember his family and our Soldiers during this difficult time."