Marine veteran from Conn. shot and killed in car
By DIRK PERREFORT | The News-Times, Danbury, Conn. | Published: September 24, 2016
DANBURY, Conn. (Tribune News Service) — Adam Sismour, a Marine veteran, was shot and killed on Sunday while sitting in a car in the residential neighborhood of Newark.
According to the Essex County Prosecutor’s office, which is handling the homicide investigation, no motive for the crime has been uncovered and a suspect has yet to be identified in the case. Sismour was first seen by an area resident who saw he was in distress and called authorities.
Sismour, 34, who had moved with his family to Danbury from Pennsylvania around 1996, was found inside the vehicle with a gunshot wound and died hours later in a nearby hospital from the injury, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office confirmed Friday.
Sismour, who spent four years in the U.S. Marine Corps, served as a squad leader and machine gunner in the 3rd Battalion 6th Marines Kilo Company in Iraq and in Afghanistan. While Sismour had difficulties obtaining disability benefits for post traumatic stress disorder when he was last returned home in 2006, he was able to get his full benefits about six months after he returned home.
After returning home from military service, Sismour completed his bachelors degree in business management with a minor in justice and law administration.
At the time, the veteran said he hoped to get a good career so he could support his then seven month old daughter, Olivia, who he said had played a pivotal role in his life.
"Me and her mother are just blessed to have her," he told the News-Times in 2010. "I mean, she's beautiful and already has her own personality. She loves to laugh."
Any opportunity I get to spend with Olivia I'll take, no matter what," he added. " I just want to be able to see her grow up and be there for her."
His father, Richard, 55, a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel, said at the time that he was very proud of his son and his service.
"We're very thankful that he's come back safely because we were nervous when we first heard he was coming home. You hear so much about all those wonderful boys who are due to come home but never make it because their helicopter is suddenly shot down. I could never handle that."
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