Fort Bragg Army Spc. Megan Touma Murdered in Hotel Room; Lover & Fellow Soldier Edgar Patino Pleaded Guilty to 2nd Degree Murder, Sentenced to 16-20 Years in Prison (June 21, 2008)

Megan Touma

Spc. Megan Touma, U.S. Army

Army Spc. Megan Touma, 23, and her unborn son were murdered on June 21, 2008. Megan was found dead in a hotel room a few days later. After a homicide investigation was initiated, investigators learned Touma had a forbidden relationship with fellow Army soldier Edgar Patino when she was stationed in Germany. Patino gave her an engagement ring and asked her to marry him; she did not know that he was married. Shortly after Patino left Germany, Megan learned that she was pregnant. She chose to transfer to Fort Bragg, North Carolina so she could be with Edgar Patino. According to Patino, he stopped by Megan’s hotel room to end the relationship. They apparently argued and in a fit of rage Patino strangled her to death. Megan was 7 months pregnant when Patino murdered her. On November 2, 2010 Edgar Patino pleaded guilty to second degree murder and was sentenced to 16-20 years in prison.

ID Go: American soldier Megan Touma has left her husband for her lover Edgar. Turns out Edgar has a spouse of his own. When Megan gets pregnant Edgar must make a decision between two women. Someone will be left brokenhearted and someone will be left dead. -Love is a Battlefield, Scorned: Love Kills (S5,E2)

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