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The family of a soldier who died from a single gunshot wound to his head in an Afghanistan watchtower in 2008 say he may not have taken his own life, as the military claims, and told them that he thought he would be killed two weeks before he was found dead.
Matthew Warren Brown, 20, was found dead from a single wound to his right temple on the morning of May 11, 2008, at the forward operating base in Asamabad.
Death - Suicide - Family - Life - Drug
His death was ruled a suicide by the military but his family say he did not take his own life, as claimed, and predicted he would be killed because he had tried to get out of a drug ring that was being run on-base by a 'thug' sergeant.
In an investigation by Vanity Fair published on Wednesday, it is revealed that two weeks before he was found dead, Brown confided in his mother during a visit home that he no longer wanted to be in the ring but was frightened he would be killed to stop him telling anyone about it.
Role - Drugs - Pakistan - Base - Soldiers
His role in it was to smuggle drugs from Pakistan onto the base to be sold to soldiers who used them to cope with the brutalities of the war.
He himself was taking Valium and had enough in his body when he was found dead that it would have been impossible for him to shoot himself because he would have been so incoherent.
Body - Blood - Head - Brain - Matter
When his body was found, he was still breathing. There was blood coming from his head, brain matter on the ground, and he was sitting slumped over his rifle.
The sergeant called for help but Brown died minutes later.
He had been seen alive at 6am, by the soldiers who he was taking over from, who thought he...
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