From Emily: I am overwhelmed by the love and support I have been receiving from all of our family, friends, and coworkers. I think I’m still in shock and haven’t fully processed that I’m never going to see my sweet husband again. None of this seems real. Kris was my love, and I don’t know what I’m going to do without him. He was always so happy and had the best laugh. We lived a wonderful life.
I saw everyone changing their Facebook profile pictures to include Kris and he would have loved it so much. I saw the Zoid pictures and even though I'm not a Futurama fan, it made me laugh and my first thought was to tell Kris to check Facebook.... While I’m not quite up for long conversations, a text, email, or stopping by for a quick hug is appreciated.
For anyone who doesn’t know, Kris passed away in Israel on Wednesday night (Israeli time zone). Of course he would die in Israel! I did FaceTime with him before he went to bed on Wednesday night, which was Tuesday afternoon here in Idaho. He was completely fine. He told me about the training at this new job and I told him about my day. I told him I loved him and missed him and then goodnight.
The embassy called me Wednesday morning at 6:30am to give me the news that they had found his body in his hotel room. I have requested an autopsy, which has not yet been done. After the autopsy is completed, Kris’s body will be sent back to Idaho. The US Embassy in Israel has been great to work with, as well as Kris’s current and previous employers.
I will continue to update everyone as I learn more, but Kris being in Israel is making the process slow and more difficult.
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