After Her Husband’s Murder, Widow Is Cleaning Out His Computer; Finds Treasure Trove
When Emma Weaver heard the terrible news, her world came crashing down around her. Her husband, Lieutenant Todd Weaver, would not be returned as planned. He had been killed in action. His personal effects were sent to her from his Army base in Afghanistan. She started sifting through them and making sense of the unthinkable tragedy. Her world would never be the same again.
Todd’s laptop was of particular interest to his wife. She hoped that it would help her understand what he had been going through before his life was abruptly ended. She didn’t expect to find much, as it was the computer he mainly used to communicate with her when he was on duty.
But as soon as she booted it up, she saw something on his desktop that was just asking to be clicked. It made her stomach drop out, but she just needed to know what it really was.
She had known that Todd’s father was a member of the Foreign Service. But Todd hadn’t joined the military until Osama bin Laden orchestrated the September 11th terrorist attacks.
“It changed him,” read an obituary published on Facebook. “He told his parents that day that as soon as he could serve his country, he would do it.”
Todd enrolled in the National Guard in 2002 after he graduated from high school. He also began his college career at James Madison University. But he was deployed and put his education on hold. He eventually headed to Iraq in 2004.
Todd’s family was horrified that he could be killed in Iraq. A bomb exploded near where he ate, but it didn’t hurt him.
Through the years, he fell in love with his old classmate, Emma Louise Elizabeth. They married and started to build their life together. They were inseparable.
“Wherever Todd was, Emma was with him,” according to his Facebook obituary.
Despite his dedication to the military, Todd started a family with Emma. They had a daughter, Kiley, and made good parents.
“Todd was good at everything,” Emma told The Washington Post. “He was never boastful, never proud.”
While he was on duty, Emma sent videos and photos of Kiley to him all the time.
“That was the last video he got to see,” Emma said. “I was telling him about how she had gotten her third tooth. He said, ‘Wow. What a big girl.’”
While his daughter was growing, Todd was leading a unit on patrol in Afghanistan. It was September 9, 2010. It was his last day on Earth. An improvised explosive device blew up near him.
“That patrol that night had 17 Americans and 13 Afghan National troops,” his father, Don Weaver, said. “They ran with his body to somehow save him. Over 500 yards they ran. They tried helicopters, but couldn’t do it, so they ran.”
Back to his laptop…
Emma saw two things on his desktop. One said: “Dear Emma.” The other said “Dear Kiley.”
Before his death, Todd had written both his wife and daughter letters.
To Emma, he wrote: “Well if you are reading this, I guess I did not make it home and therefore, I was not able to remind you again of how much I love you… I am not gone, and I will always be with you in spirit… I lived a life that most can only dream of. I married the perfect woman. I have a beautiful daughter that amazed me every day.”
To his baby daughter Kiley he wrote: “Although you may not remember me, I want you to know how very much your daddy loves you. Do your best and try to learn as much as you can about the world you live in… Have fun. Enjoy it. And remember, your Daddy will always be proud of you.”