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Secretary: Keep military slayings in perspective

Posted August 12, 2008 3:45 p.m. EDT

— Army Secretary Pete Geren said Tuesday that the military is working to prevent tragedies like the slayings of two female soldiers stationed at Fort Bragg.

"I think it's important to keep these tragedies in perspective," Geren said during a visit to a military trade show. "We've got 1.2 (million to) 1.3 million men and women in uniform – extraordinary men and women serving around the world with great distinction – and every so often a tragedy like this strikes, and we do our best to avert it."

Spc. Megan Touma was found dead in a Fayetteville motel room on June 21. A Fort Bragg soldier who fathered her unborn child has been charged with murder.

Second Lt. Holley Wimunc's burned remains were found in Onslow County on July 13, three days after a suspicious fire was reported at her Fayetteville apartment. Her estranged husband, a Camp Lejeune Marine, has been charged with murder.