Army Sergeant Christina Smith Murdered by Army Husband Richard Smith & Accomplice Matthew Kvapil, Both Fort Bragg Soldiers Sentenced to Life in Prison (2008)

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Sgt. Christina Loehrke Smith, US Army

Sgt. Christina Smith was stabbed to death on September 30, 2008 in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Sgt. Smith was stationed at Fort Bragg with her husband Richard Smith, also a soldier. After an investigation, Fayetteville authorities learned that Richard Smith hired Army soldier Matthew Kvapil to kill Christina. Richard Smith set up the murder by asking Christina to take a walk with him. Matthew Kvapil was hiding in the bushes waiting for the pre-planned moment to attack her. Both soldiers were arrested and charged with the first degree murder of Christina. Civilian prosecutors sought the death penalty for both soldiers in this case. In 2012, Richard Smith and Matthew Kvapil plead guilty to Christina’s murder and were sentenced to life in prison instead. Christina’s murder was one of many homicides and suspicious deaths that occurred in the US military in the 2008 timeframe. Christina’s death was the fourth murder involving Fort Bragg and Camp Lejeune military personnel in North Carolina. Pregnant Marine Maria Lauterbach disappeared in 2007 and her remains were found in early 2008. She was raped and murdered by a fellow Camp Lejeune Marine. Army paratrooper Matthew Rhoads was found dead at his residence on March 2nd at Fort Bragg. His cause of death is unknown. Air Force Reservist Blanca Luna was found murdered at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas on March 7th. Her case remains unsolved. Cherie Morton, US Navy, was found dead at her home in Bahrain on April 20th. The cause of her death remains under investigation. Amy Ignatowski, US Coast Guard, was strangled to death in her home on May 31st in Corpus Christi, Texas. Fort Bragg Army Lt. Holley Wimunc was murdered by her Marine husband on July 19th. Pregnant Army soldier Megan Touma was murdered by her lover and married Fort Bragg soldier on June 21st. Air Force Brigadier General Thomas Tinsley was found dead with a gunshot wound to his chest in Alaska on July 27th. Sabrina Autrey, US Air Force, was found dead at her off base apartment on August 13th in Arlington, Virginia. Marine Stacy Dryden died of a non combat death in Iraq on October 19th. Her death was ruled a homicide yet no one was officially charged with the murder. Other non combat deaths of women in the Army included Janelle King, Jennifer Cole, Seteria Brown, Mary Jaenichen, and Tracy Birkman. The research of non combat deaths of male soldiers in the 2008 time frame have not been completed yet.

“In a way, it’s surprising that there aren’t more bodies piling up at military bases all over this nation” -The Fayetteville Observer

Learn more: Violent Crime, Non Combat Death & Suicide at Fort Bragg, North Carolina (US Army)

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Steve Loehrke received Ohio’s first Military Sacrifice License Plate at the special license plate’s unveiling ceremony, June 9, 2015, at Ohio Department of Public Safety Headquarters, Columbus, OH. Steve is the proud father of fallen soldier Sgt. Christina E. Loehrke Smith and U.S. Boarder Patrol Agent Steven Loehrke.

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