Georgia's defense ministry confirmed Friday that a 19 year old soldier had died. It said a criminal investigation has been launched. (IPN.)

TBILISI, DFWatch – Kahketi Information Center Friday morning reported that a 19 year old solider had died from a gunshot wound to the head.

Later the same day, the Defense Ministry confirmed the death of Koba Makharashvili in a short statement, which said that a criminal investigation has been launched.

The family of the deceased says the incident happened in the evening of June 11. There are several theories circulating as to the cause of death, including murder and suicide. The day before he died, Makharashvili told his family that he wanted to be transferred to a different military unit.

Kakheti Information Center writes that according to confirmed information, military police visited the family of the deceased and told them not to talk about the incident, therefore they are refusing to talk to the media and let themselves be photographed.