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After Her Marine Boyfriend’s Death, Woman Finds Their Story Told By Facebook’s 10-Year Anniversary Video

A love story told one status update at a time.

1. Kimmy Kirkwood met Will Stacey sometime back in high school. She writes on Facebook’s Ten Stories page that he was a bad boy and she was a silly goody two-shoes.

Kimmy Kirkwood / Via facebookstories.com

2. They lost touch after graduation. Then, as a sophomore in college, she discovered he was stationed with the Marines 20 miles south of her campus.

Kimmy Kirkwood / Via facebookstories.com

3. They lost touch again when Will headed off on his first deployment in the South Pacific. When he came back, they met again at a party. And well…

Kimmy Kirkwood / Via facebookstories.com

4. They had just gotten into the honeymoon phase of their relationships when Kimmy left for a study abroad program in Italy. At the same time, Will was deployed for three months in Afghanistan. They kept in touch:

Kimmy Kirkwood / Via facebookstories.com

6. The longest (and happiest) time for the couple was a 10-month stretch in 2008. They moved in together, they turned 21 together.

Kimmy Kirkwood

Kimmy Kirkwood

 

8. Kimmy told TODAY that when they were apart they stayed in touch with Facebook comments and status updates.

Kimmy Kirkwood / Via facebookstories.com

9. “Will lit up any room he walked into,” Kimmy writes on Facebook’s anniversary site. “I was a better person when we were together; he brought out a side of me I had no idea existed.”

Kimmy Kirkwood / Via facebookstories.com

10. The couple was looking forward to 2012, when they thought they’d finally be able to start their life together uninterrupted. It was the year of Will’s last deployment.

Kimmy Kirkwood / Via facebookstories.com

11. They were talking about marriage, but wanted to wait until Will would be home.

Kimmy Kirkwood / Via facebookstories.com

12. Will was killed by an IED while on patrol on January 31st, 2012. He had told a friend that he planned out his entire proposal to Kimmy.

Kimmy Kirkwood / Via facebookstories.com

13. And so for Kimmy, her 10-year Facebook “A Look Back” video is a lot more than just boring status updates.

Kimmy Kirkwood / Via facebookstories.com

14. “Sometimes when I’m lonely, I go back and read everything he sent to me,” Kimmy writes. “I didn’t think about it much then, but having it all in one place took on a complete new meaning when I lost Will forever.”

Kimmy Kirkwood / Via facebookstories.com

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Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
 
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