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Homicide in Baghdad
By Jessica Riley; Stewart P. Riley
On Jan. 2, 2007, we received a call from the sister of a former Blackwater Security Company employee under investigation in connection with the Christmas Eve shooting death of a bodyguard for the vice president of Iraq. She was looking for an international criminal defense lawyer for Andrew Moonen, her brother. Moonen, a U.S. citizen, was 26 years old. He grew up on a farm outside Kalispell, Montana, in a family of nine kids and was home schooled. He served in the U.S. Army from 2002 to 2005, serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom from September 2003 to April 2004. Moonen’s primary specialty was as a small arms repairer. Attached to the 82nd Airborne Division, he was honorably discharged with an excellent service record. After his discharge, he worked at Fort Lewis, Washington, repairing firearms. In May 2006 Moonen went to work for Blackwater Security as an armorer in the International Zone of Baghdad, Iraq, commonly referred to as the Green Zone. His duties as an armorer were to supply a
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