RACHEL AND CHARITY WITMER ANNOUNCE THEY WILL NOT RETURN TO IRAQ AFTER LOSS OF SISTER.
Witmer family spokesperson Joan Apt (2nd from L) reads a statement from the Witmer family after the announcement that Rachel Witmer and Charity Witmer, sisters of Michelle Witmer, will not return to Iraq, during a press conference at the Wisconsin National Guard Headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin, April 27, 2004. Public Affairs spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Tim Donavon (L) listens with Major Julie Gerety (3rd from R) and Lt. Col. Mark Bruns (R) flanking Lori Witmer, mother of the Witmer soldiers. Michelle, a member of the Wisconsin National Guard 32nd Military Police Company, was killed when her patrol was ambushed in Baghdad, Iraq, on April 9, 2004. Rachel also is a member of the 32nd MP Company, and Charity, twin sister of Michelle, is with B Company 118th Medical Battalion of the Wisconsin National Guard. REUTERS/Allen Fredrickson AF/HB