COLONIE, N.Y. -- As family and friends honored a Colonie soldier killed in Iraq, the military has released new information about the mysterious death of Amy Seyboth Tirador that could turn it into a murder case.
NEWS10's Nicol Lally spoke with Staff Sgt. Seyboth Tirador's mother Colleen Murphy on Thursday morning.
Murphy says she received a call about 10 days prior from an army investigator saying "human matter"--DNA and fingerprints--was found on Tirador's weapon.
Seyboth Tirador was found dead on her secure Iraq military base in November.
The Army has ruled her death a suicide, saying she shot herself in the back side of her head. Murphy does not believe her daughter killed herself, and has been publicly pushing the Army for more answers.
Murphy says this new information about fingerprints found on the weapon stirs up some mixed emotions, especially since the investigation into Seyboth Tirador's death still has not been closed.
"Part of me says, ‘Keep it open as long as you can find some truth. Even just peel away some layers to see that Amy did not, it was not self inflicted, she did not take her life,'" Murphy told NEWS10. "Of course that part of it gives me hope, but then there is that cynical side of me that, you know, like from the beginning, I've always felt like they were leaning toward suicide and that's what it was going to come up."
Murphy planned to attend a Memorial Day Ceremony Thursday evening at the Crossings in Colonie, honoring the men and woman who died serving our country.
Murphy told NEWS10 she is still grieving, but would attend the event as a "proud mother" there to honor her daughter.