- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 14, 2014

A U.S. soldier was reportedly shot and killed at an Army base in Kosovo on Friday, and now her family is demanding answers surrounding her mysterious death.

Military officials say 32-year-old Sgt. Heidi Ruh, from Barrington, Illinois, was found dead on a running track at Camp Bondsteel. Now, the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command is trying to figure out what happened and why, ABC 7 reported.

“It’s been very hard. The worst part is not knowing anything. All we knew was that she had been shot and killed,” said her father Scott Ruh, of Newton, Wisc., Fox 11 reported.

Mr. Ruh said Army officers came to his home on Friday afternoon to give him the tragic news.

“It was just so surreal when it hit. Friday night, we still were kind of like you know, realizing it, I still think we don’t fully comprehend it at this point,” he said.

Sgt. Ruh, a mother of two, was found by a civilian Army employee. Her death is being categorized as non-combat related, but there has been no public explanation offered to family members as to what led to her shooting death, ABC 7 reported.

Sgt. Ruh spent eight years at Fort Hood and survived the shootings there in 2009. She also did a tour in Afghanistan and moved to Kosovo after volunteering for duty there to work a medical unit.

“Our worst part was we thought our worries were over, you know that she was going to a non-hostile area and she was only there a couple of months,” Mr. Ruh said.

Sgt. Ruh grew up in Kiel, Wisc., along with Sgt. Amy Krueger, who was killed during the 2009 Fort Hood shootings. They graduated a year apart from Kiel High School.

Her family plans a public memorial service once her body returns to the area, The Associated Press reported.



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