Army National Guard Specialist Ciara M. Durkin, age 30, of Quincy, Massachusetts, died at the Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan on Thursday, September 27, 2007. Ciara, originally from Connemara, Ireland, moved to the United States when she was a child and later became a U. S. citizen. There is a great deal of confusion surrounding the circumstances of her death. Massachusetts Senators Kerry and Kennedy along with Congressman Delahunt are urging a thorough investigation.
This inquiry into Durkin's death must be complete, transparent and prompt. No one, certainly not Ciara’s grieving family, deserves another controversial investigation, filled with conflicting information, like the one which surrounded the death of Army Corporal Pat Tillman.