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October 3, 2007

Friend Killed in Action

Lizzie posted about this more eloquently than I'm able to at the moment, so I'm just going to copy and past and apologize when I get home:

When we lived in Jamaica Plain, we lived on the top floor of a triple decker. We had this great roofdeck.. and we had great neighbors that we shared it with for several years. One year, Ciara and Jenny grew a forest of tomatoes up there. We laughed alot because there was barely room for anything but tomatoes. There was alot of tomato sauce that year. We shared many a beer and cigarettes on that roof deck with Ciara.

We just found out that Ciara was killed in Afghanistan. It is possible that she was killed because she was a lesbian. One bullet through the head, in a non-combat situation, wearing civilian clothing, near the church she worshipped at. There has been a call from Senator Kennedy and Senator Kerry for a full investigation. There is no way she committed suicide.

Dave and I are very sad to hear this news. Ciara was.. awesome. She was sweet and kind and helpful. She gave so much of herself to everyone around her. Including all the animals she used to feed from our front porch (this only became a problem when the skunks wanted to be fed, haha). She especially loved the bunny family she shared with her partner Jenny, the bunnies even had their own room.

Although we havent spoken to Ciara in a couple of years.. we definitely thought about her and treasure the time we were able to know her.

When I saw her face on the news this morning, I didn't want to believe it was Ciara. She was such a genuinely nice person... very kind, incredibly funny, and seemed to be utterly devoid of bullshit. She put people instantly at ease, and seemed to know everyone in the neighborhood.

We lost contact with Ciara not long after moving to Salem, but I've thought about her and Jenny over the last few years and wondered where they ended up. Hearing this just makes me very very sad. My deepest sympathy goes out to Ciara's family (who she spoke of lovingly and often) and to everyone else who's life she touched.

I hope that her death is properly investigated. According to her family, Ciara made some comments before her death that seemed to indicate she had uncovered something in Afghanistan that put her life in danger. It's also possible that she was murdered because she was a lesbian. Either way, I hope there is some measure of justice. Ciara deserves at least that much.

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