Ariell Taylor-Brown, the wife of Staff Sergeant Christopher Brown, recently received news of her husband’s death in Afghanistan. But the news didn’t come from the Department of Defense; she got the message via Facebook.
A woman in Brown’s platoon sent Taylor-Brown a message on Facebook and told her to call immediately. When she did, the news on the other end of the line was devastating.
Hours later, two soldiers arrived at Taylor-Brown’s residence, but by then it was old news.
The widow is upset that the woman contacted her first.
“She told me over the phone, right in front of my kids and I completely had a meltdown. She wasn’t supposed to but I guess she took it on her own power to do it. …After everything was all said and done, it was a horrible way for me to find out. …The military handles that situation they way they handle it for a certain reason. You know, I could have hurt myself… (Widows) need somebody there. They owe you that respect and she took that away,” said Taylor-Brown.
The woman who relayed the message could be court-marshaled for doing so.
Taylor-Brown is 11 weeks pregnant with the family’s third child.
Brown earned a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart and an Army Commendation Medal during his stint with the military.