Sunday, February 24, 2013

El Salvador: Update--Retired Special Forces Master Sergeant Shot, Killed

According to, and as a follow-up to my posting of February 20, the American Legion Post #204 in Three Oaks, MI, is preparing a military funeral for retired US Special Forces Master Sergeant Michael J. Brown, 53, who was shot and killed by unknown assailants while he and his estranged wife, Nury Lisbeth Aquino Brown, were driving near the town of Izalco.

The incident occurred on Saturday, February 16, as the two were driving a rental car at 2030 hours in the evening.

COMMENT: Although local police reportedly said that "rebels," may have been responsible for the attack on Mr. Brown, El Salvador's civil war took place during 1980-1992, thus, it is possible that the police use of the term "rebels" may have stemmed from a language misunderstanding.

Nevertheless, it is believed that retired Master Sergeant Brown served in El Salvador during the civil war, considering that he was a member of the US Special Forces and might well have been involved in the US-supported counter-insurgency during the years that the civil war was underway. 

This also makes sense, considering that he is married to a Salvadoran.

Another factor that must not be ruled out is that if Brown and his Salvadoran wife were estranged, as reported by the media, that could explain why only Brown was killed and his wife was uninjured, particularly considering that the shooting occurred at night when visibility is very limited.

Having worked in El Salvador extensively during the civil war, the country is one in which having someone killed is relatively easy and inexpensive. This statement is made with the stipulation that there is NO information to suggest that Mrs. Brown was connected to his death, but it is a possibility that should not be overlooked by investigators.  

Today, El Salvador has one of the highest crime rates of any nation in Central America, but most violent crime is economic.

One key question that has not been fully explained in media reports is whether anything was stolen from the Browns' rental car. If nothing was stolen, that is particularly significant as the absence of theft would turn the motive to a possible revenge attack.