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Family outraged after Bergdahl release, son's 2009 death in Afghanistan

By Dora Miller, dmiller@ktxs.com
Published On: Jun 04 2014 08:01:15 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 05 2014 11:23:06 AM CDT
SNYDER, Texas -

Staff Sgt. Micheal Murphrey of Snyder was killed in Afghanistan in September of 2009 shortly after Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl went missing.

It is not clear why Bergdahl left his post, but he was eventually captured by the Taliban but released this week in a controversial prison swap.

Murphrey was one of 14 soldiers killed who may have been assigned to search for Bergdahl.

Murphrey's family released a statement that said they feel betrayed and outraged over Michael’s death.

"My brother was the hero," the statement said. "He took an oath and fulfilled it 100 percent. It's not fair that Bergdahl gets to come home to his family after breaking that oath.”

Army officials have said they will continue to investigate the circumstances of Bergdahl's disappearance, but veterans we spoke with in Snyder said every loss of a serviceman or woman in combat is devastating.

"It's just a loss that we don't like to have,” Vietnam veteran Thomas Roberts said. “It doesn't make any difference where or when. Whenever you see or hear something about someone who passed away, killed, either in an accident or in combat, you think about all those things."

Murphrey enlisted in the Army in 2003 and is now buried at the Clyde Cemetery.