As Lance Cpl. Gregory Buckley Jr. lifted weights on his small base in Afghanistan in August, a teenage aide to an Afghan police commander walked into the gym and shot Buckley in the chest and stomach with an AK-47. To Buckley’s family, his death in an insider attack wasn’t a casualty of war. It was murder.
“I didn’t want my son to die like this,” his father, Greg Buckley Sr., told news cameras after a memorial service in a seven-minute, teary diatribe against the government. “If it was in battle, I could understand. But he was murdered.”