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Websites Sued Over Photo Of Fallen Soldier

February 28, 2012 by staff 

Websites Sued Over Photo Of Fallen Soldier, The parents of Army Lt. Peter Burks , Alan Burks and Jackie Hlastan, said they learned a photo of their son, taken only days before the 26-year-old was killed in Baghdad in 2007, was being used as an ad for a dating site.
The family of a Texas soldier is suing two dating websites, True.com and Plentyoffish.com, after they say they used his photo to advertise their site – after he was dead.

The parents of Army Lt. Peter Burks, Alan Burks and Jackie Hlastan, said they learned that a photo of their son, taken only days before the 26-year-old was killed in Baghdad in 2007, was being used as an ad for a dating site after a friend recognized the photo and clicked on the page, the Associated Press reported.

The ad with a picture of Peter Burks advertised “Military man searching for love” while another read “Soldiers WANT YOU! Join here now”.

“I felt horrified, disgusted,” Alan Burks told the AP. “It upset me.”

The photo, Alan Burks said, was on the Internet of the family’s Unsung Hero Fund page, which they use to provide supplies to troops in warzones.

Lt. Burks was described in the lawsuit as a “fearless leader and a person of integrity” who “had the ability to light up any room with his glowing personality and quick sense of humor.”

His father said he also was engaged at the time of his death and had no reason to ever be on the dating site.

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