It’s a bizarre case of events that unfolded live and carries two sides to the story after the wife of Capt. Bruce Kevin Clark, who is stationed in Afghanistan, witnessed her husband’s death as the two chatted via Skype.
However, his wife claims that she saw a bullet hole in the closet behind Bruce, and the official circumstances for his death is still under investigation by the Pentagon.
“We are entrusting the military with investigating and with finding out what happened to Capt. Clark,” Bradley Taber-Thomas, the brother-in-law, told The Associated Press.
Clark, 43, was an Army chief nurse who grew up in Michigan and previously lived in a suburb of Rochester, New York. He joined the Army in 2006 and was stationed in Hawaii before he was assigned to the William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso. He was officially deployed to Afghanistan in March.
The family released an official statement:
“At the time of the incident, the family was hoping for a rescue and miracle, but later learned that it was not to be,” the statement said. “Although the circumstances were unimaginable, Bruce’s wife and extended family will be forever thankful that he and his wife were together in his last moments.”
A funeral is planned in Spencerport, but details were not immediately available.
Susan Orellana-Clark said that her husband worked for about four years at Highland Hospital in Rochester, N.Y., first as an operating room assistant then operating room technician.
Clark is survived by his wife and two daughters, age 3 and 9, he said.