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Mother: Cape Cod soldier's death a homicide

November 11, 2011

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FALMOUTH, Mass.—The mother of a Massachusetts soldier killed in Iraq during the summer says the Army has ruled her son's death a homicide.

The Pentagon at first told Cheryl Ruggiero that her son Matthew Gallagher of Falmouth died in combat on June 26, a week before his 23rd birthday.

The Department of Defense then called his death non-combat related.

Ruggiero tells the Cape Cod Times that the military has shared a report with her that shows Gallagher died of a single gunshot wound to the head and a defendant is facing a court martial in Kuwait.

Gallagher served with the 1st Cavalry Division based at Fort Hood, Texas.

Gallagher is scheduled to be honored Friday with the unveiling of a stone at a veterans memorial in front of Falmouth's library.

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Information from: Cape Cod Times, http://www.capecodonline.com