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.

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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.

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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…

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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:

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

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

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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.”

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.”

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