A soldier stationed in Fort Bragg, North Carolina has been arrested for the murder of Megan Lynn Touma, a pregnant solider who was found dead in a motel bathtub a little over a month ago. The connection or relationship that Touma had with the arrested solider, Sgt. Edgar Patino, has not been elaborated on by police (although a press conference is scheduled to take place today at 11 a.m.) but friends of Touma who were stationed with her in Germany say that Touma and Patino had dated and that he had even proposed to her before Touma learned he was already married.
So is this another case of a former significant other allegedly murdering a fellow soldier? It certainly looks like it. Let's not forget Holley Wimunc, another Fort Bragg solider who was allegedly murdered by her estranged husband and fellow soldier who was stationed at Camp Lejeune. Another pregnant female solider stationed at Fort Bragg was also murdered in January, allegedly by a colleague she had accused of rape. So not only have female Fort Bragg soldiers experienced sexual violence from co-workers but they have also experienced physical violence with male soldiers that they have had relationships with. Is this a disturbing trend, or few unrelated tragedies gaining public attention?