My son, Brian, died on July 31 of 2006. He was 28 years old, still just a boy. He was still my Baby.
Brian had served his country well in Iraq then returned home only to jump into a relationship that proved to be deadly. He married a woman with two kids that he barely knew. I still have no idea why he did this. They married in Tennessee on May 20th. At that time the woman was still under the 60 day waiting period to remarry after her divorce. This year a Judge declared her Brian’s “common law” wife of 28 days.
The woman claimed that Brian had hung himself in their six foot tall shed, in a five foot tall doorway. She said Brian has PTSD. She said Brian had TBI. There are no medical records to confirm this.
She said he had been drinking heavily and had been doing drugs. There were two beer cans found on the scene. One was unopened, the other half full. An empty, label-less prescription bottle lay at Brian’s feet.
Brian had an abrasion and a bruise on his right cheek, as per the Coroner’s photographs.
The Coroner, without securing the scene as a crime scene, without proof of fact, declared Brian a suicide. When questioned later about the bruising and swelling on Brian’s face he said “He must have got that when they cut him down”. The only job requirements for the position of St. Clair County Coroner is Residency, a G.E.D, and to run for office.
Brian was not autopsied. He is buried in a cemetery without a church far from his ancestral burial ground. I have no access to his body.
I know, for a fact, that Brian did not hang himself.
I will not rest until I prove it and bring to justice the person/persons responsible for his death.
Until then, there is not a day that passes by that I do not cry for my son.
Until then, I will fight to prevent our Soldiers from being killed for the Insurance money on their heads. I’ll make this fact public knowledge by screaming and posting to every avenue on the internet until somebody hears me. This DOES happen. Anyone that thinks it doesn’t is a fool. That insurance is valid for a year after they leave the military, and it includes suicide.
To date, there have been four documented men in the life of the “wife”. She was pregnant by one of them by May 2007, just a short ten months after Brian died. Currently, she is dating another Soldier.
Please help me make betters laws regarding autopsy. All we need is your signature. Do it for SPC Brian Patrick Shaver.
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