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‘No way there’s a God,’ a Marine home from Iraq said before killing himself

Chris McDonald, a Marine reservist who came home a mess from Iraq, told his father that the things he had seen there were so bad, "There’s no way there’s a God." He eventually shot himself dead. Sometimes there is so much pain. Todd South of the Chattanooga Times Free Press did the heartbreaking story. South ...

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Chris McDonald, a Marine reservist who came home a mess from Iraq, told his father that the things he had seen there were so bad, "There's no way there's a God." He eventually shot himself dead.

Sometimes there is so much pain.

Todd South of the Chattanooga Times Free Press did the heartbreaking story. South is a former Marine, by the way.

Chris McDonald, a Marine reservist who came home a mess from Iraq, told his father that the things he had seen there were so bad, "There’s no way there’s a God." He eventually shot himself dead.

Sometimes there is so much pain.

Todd South of the Chattanooga Times Free Press did the heartbreaking story. South is a former Marine, by the way.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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