Paula Loyd


Age: 36


Summary: anthropologist embedded with the U.S. Army's Human Terrain Team cultural research program in Afghanistan who had suffered from second- and third-degree burns over 60 percent of her body after she was doused with a flammable fuel and set on fire by a local civilian while on patrol in an Afghan village on Nov. 4, 2008 whose assailant Abdul Salam was allegedly shot dead execution-style by one of her colleagues Don Ayala (who is currently charged with second-degree murder in U.S. District Court in Virginia) shortly after she was suddenly attacked and severely burned.



Cause of Death: Third-degree burns


Born: June 9, 1972


Died: January 7, 2009


Location: San Antonio, Texas