Family: Fort Campbell Soldier Killed Going Through Divorce

Posted at 2:53 AM, Oct 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-17 07:04:21-04

The 101st Airborne Division announced Tuesday that one of its soldiers, Spc. Brittney Silvers, of Jacksonville,was killed in an off-duty shooting incident in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. 

"101st Combat Aviation Brigade has lost an incredibly valued member of the Destiny team.  We continue to pray for her family and friends during this difficult time," said Lt. Col. Cayton Johnson, commander, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade (Rear), 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). "We request that everyone respect the privacy of her family as they grieve this tragic loss."

According to the statement released by the 101st Airborne, Silvers was an automated logistical specialist in the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade.

She was posthumously promoted to Sergeant and received the Army Commendation Medal. 

"She was very well known in her company and very very well spoken of," her father, Rod Hughes told CBS affiliate WJAX-TV.

Silvers grew up in Jacksonville, Florida and attended Terry Parker High School. She joined the Army after graduating in 2011.

“She was very quiet, she was sweet,” sister Dominique Mitchell said. “She would do anything for anybody.”

Silvers' father told WJAX-TV she filed a restraining order against her husband last week and the two were preparing for divorce. 

"All I can say is just open up because you never know, somebody there probably could have helped you," Hughes said. "I believe if she had opened up and really spoke, I don't think we'd be doing this interview right now."

Silver's death is under investigation by U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command and the Louisville Division of the FBI.