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”We are very upset and saddened by their conclusion,” the Durkins said. “We have borne an extraordinary amount of pain over the past nine months, compounded by a protracted and at times ambiguous investigation. We now need time and privacy to grieve, and let our Ciara finally rest in peace.”
Portion of a statement from the family of Ciara Durkin, a lesbian who was killed by gunshot while stationed in Afghanistan. An Army investigation into her death has ruled that it was a suicide by a shot through the mouth. However, suspicion remains about her death because of a number of “cryptic” e-mails that indicated some odd and threatening occurances had her worried. (Times Online)
She did say to us that she had concerns about things she was seeing when she was over there…. She told us if anything happened to her, that we were to investigate it…. Ciara was a lesbian, and that’s bound to come out. It is possible that someone over there found that out, and, you know, maybe they were very homophobic.
Fiona Caravan, a sister of Ciara Durkin, a lesbian whose death in Afghanistan was intially reported to have occurred in combat, however, the Army then said it was a non-combat death, and finally ruled her death as a suicide by a shot through the mouth. Many questions have the family asking if her death is another Army cover up similar to case of Pat Tillman. (Editor and Publisher)
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