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Family Sues Defense Dept. for Answers in Marine Son's Death

By    |   Monday, 29 Dec 2014 05:04 PM

The Defense Department and the Marine Corps have been hit with a lawsuit by the family of a soldier who was killed in Afghanistan at the base gym in 2012, alleging they still have not received answers about his death.

Lance Cpl. Greg Buckley was killed along with two others when an Afghan teenager opened fire on the gym with an AK-47 assault rifle, but the Buckley family says the Defense Department has stonewalled in giving them information that every Gold Star family is supposed to be given according to federal law, Fox News reports. 

"He shot my son point-blank with an AK-47; shot him four times in his chest and once in his neck. He was in the gym with a pair of shorts and a tank top on. How is that allowed?" said Gregory Buckley, the Marine's father.

The lawsuit claims that the Defense Department has hidden the details surrounding the shooting and that warning signs of problems on the base went ignored by officials, such as giving Afghan police chief Sarwar Jan a place to live on the base.

The family wants copies of the investigative and autopsy reports as well as a briefing on the events by Marine officials, but they are not seeking any monetary compensation.

"They, like any Gold Star families, are entitled to all relevant information and reports about the death of their son. They don't need to beg. They don't need to ask pretty please, and they certainly shouldn't have to bring a lawsuit," the family's attorney, Michael Bowe, told Fox News.

It is alleged that the Afghan police chief worked with the Taliban and sold drugs, uniforms, and weapons to the terrorist group as well as kept young boys at his post who were used as sex slaves.

It was allegedly one of these boys, known as "tea boys," who shot Buckley and the two other soldiers in the base gym in 2012.

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The Defense Department and the Marine Corps have been hit with a lawsuit by the family of a soldier who was killed in Afghanistan at the base gym in 2012, alleging they still have not received answers about his death.
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