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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Who killed Ciara Durkin?
Posted by Jill | 7:21 PM
A young lesbian joins the Army National Guard. She is sent to Afghanistan in a desk job working with financial information. While on home leave, she says to her family, "If something happens to me in Afghanistan, don't let it go without an investigation." A month later she is found dead behind a building on Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan, with a single bullet wound to the head. The military tells her family first that she died in combat, then changes their story to the death being attributable to "non-combat-related injuries."

Her sister later reveals that during that home leave, Ciara Durkin expressed concern that she had "seen things that she didn’t like and she had raised concerns that had annoyed some people."

The family has not received autopsy results. They have requested an independent autopsy, but the military has not responsed to their request. The military has refused to make Durkin's paperwork available so the family can determine her wishes as to her funeral.

Massachusetts Sens. John Kerry and Edward M. Kennedy have been in touch with Defense Secretary Robert Gates to try to get to the bottom of the case.

We all remember Pat Tillman, who also was said to have been killed by enemy fire and it turned out he was fragged by his own guys. Ciara Durkin was on a secure base and found dead with a single bullet wound to the head as if shot execution-style. Was Durkin killed because she was gay? And if not, what did she find out in the financial information that crossed her desk that someone in the military decided should never see the light of day?

Stay tuned.

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Blogger Jill said...
Keep plugging. We can't let a good soldier go down unnoticed by fratricide because she was different either by being gay, or by being honest. This is a much bigger thing. We must not let it go. I am also Irish born and moved to the US as an adult adn deployed to Afghanistan as a reservist. I know the spot she was killed. It could easily happen, but someone, probably several people know why and who.