Richmond loses a soldier in Iraq

By Sky Barsch
Observer correspondent

A 21-year-old Army soldier was killed in Iraq Monday when an improvised explosive device detonated near the Humvee he was in, a family friend said.

U.S. Army Pvt. Adam Muller, of the Jonesville section of Richmond, was at the tail end of a convoy when the roadside bomb exploded, said Susan Wells, the mother of Muller’s best friend and the person speaking on behalf of the Muller family.

“He was a sweet, unselfish, caring person,” Wells said. “As my son put it, he was the perfect person. There was nothing to dislike about him.”

The Department of Defense had not confirmed the death as of press time.

Wells said Muller attended Vermont Technical College in the mechanics program. He joined the Army, in large part to pay off his student loans. He was trained as a military policeman.

Wells did not have many more details about the incident that led to Muller’s death. She said he was based in Fort Drum, N.Y., and had been in Kirkuk, Iraq, but she was unsure whether he died in that region.

Muller was married for almost a year to a 19-year-old Michelle Muller, whom Wells called his soul mate.

“They were high school sweethearts,” Wells said. “So in love.”

When the Observer called the house of Michelle Muller’s parents, it was told by her father she was too distraught to comment.

“He was just a very sweet boy,” Wells said. “He was so innocent. He couldn’t hurt a fly.”

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sander’s office released the following statement: “Another Vermonter has paid the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. I join those who mourn his loss.”