Mom Wants Justice For Falmouth Soldier Killed In Apparent ‘Quick-Draw’ Game

By Christina Hager, WBZ-TV

FALMOUTH (CBS) – Investigators believe it was a soldiers’ game gone bad, but a Cape Cod mother says the man who killed her son should have to pay.

Cheryl Ruggiero spoke to WBZ-TV on Thursday and said she is hoping for justice any day now.

Her son, Army Sgt. Matthew Gallagher, was killed while serving with his Army unit in Iraq.

Gallagher was in his room when he died from a gunshot wound to the head.

His roommate, Sgt. Brent McBride, has said the two were playing a game called “Quick Draw.”

Soldiers see “who can draw their pistol, their nine millimeter pistol, the quickest. Quick draw,” Ruggiero explained.

Earlier this month, Ruggiero traveled to Texas for a hearing intended to determine if McBride should be charged with murder.

At one point, she found herself alone with him in the courtroom.

“When it happens to your child, any type of violence, you say, ‘if I had five minutes alone with him,’ and here I had five minutes alone, and I had to get up and walk away,” she said.

She was hoping he would speak to her, which did not happen.

“I was just waiting for him to turn around and look at me, and if he looked at me maybe something in the eyes would have told me. Even to mouth, ‘I’m sorry,’ to maybe have a tear,” she said.

Ruggiero says she returned to her North Falmouth home unsatisfied, but hopeful.

WBZ-TV’s Christina Hager reports

“I want Justice. I want him to at least know what it’s like,” she said. “I want him to spend some time in jail. I expect that. I demand that.”

McBride could face charges ranging from negligent homicide to involuntary manslaughter or murder.

Gallagher’s family expects a decision from the military courts within the next week-and-a-half.

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One Comment

  1. mikey says:

    There should be a new crime. Murder by stupidity.

    But it has to be remembered… This was NOT a 1-way street the guy was driving on. There was two way traffic and both were playing, if the facts are as stated.

    1. Think First says:

      It’s important to consider all facts before making statements that are hurtful to those involved. EVERY soldier that graduates basic training KNOWS and understands that their weapon must be clear prior to entering the barracks. The shear fact that his pistol was loaded is a violation in itself. Additionally, there are far more facts that this pathetic news article conveyed, such the contradictions between the evidence and the murderers statements. I look forward to McBride receiving the highest possible punishment supported by the law. He robbed many of their friend, fellow soldier, husband, son, etc. No matter what excuse or story this man looks to spin to try to lessen the charges against him, that fact can NEVER be changed.

    2. bosmonkey says:

      I think the facts are pretty clear. I am sorry for the loss of those the soldier left behind. Truly.

      I am surprised both soliders didn’t check their weapons in front of each other before playing this very stupid “game”. Guns aren’t toys, you’d think a solider would know that. While I am not going to pretend to know the letter of the law, I would think he’d be charged with involuntary manslaughter. That seems to be what it was.

  2. Jejozi says:

    Science tells us the human brain is not fully matured until the age of 25. So we give 22 year-olds weapons and let them go, unsupervised.

  3. ErikaH says:

    I am so sorry. My condolensces to the family for having to suffer this terrible senseless tragedy. We are your neighbors. We are just hearing this news. Loaded weapons are always dangerous. Now a young man full of promise is dead because his roommate didn’t know his gun was loaded and pointed it at him during a stupid game because they were bored? The Army needs to look at how they are training these young men for combat in Iraq. All guns should be handled as if they are loaded all the time.

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