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Photo of TN soldier's widow leads to misleading internet meme

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Ashley Edens mourns her husband's death. This photo spread online, misidentifying her as actress Lea Michele. Ashley Edens mourns her husband's death. This photo spread online, misidentifying her as actress Lea Michele.
Spc. Jason Edens was killed in Afghanistan Spc. Jason Edens was killed in Afghanistan
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A Middle Tennessee family who lost their son to war has been devastated by something spreading online.

A photo of Army Spc. Jason Edens' grieving widow has been misrepresented, all over social media.

"I want him to be remembered as a hero - a fine young man who loved Tennessee," said mother Jan Edens.

All Jan Edens has left of her son are memories and mementos.

"These are his dog tags. I wear these everyday and tell everyone if I'm not buried with these I'll haunt you. I even have his picture close to my heart, always will be," she said.

Jason Edens was killed in Afghanistan last April.

"Jason lived for 11 days, and shouldn't have with his injuries, but he held on for us. And he held strong and he just needed to know we would be fine," Jan Edens said.

The soldier left behind a widow, Ashley Edens, who was seen in a photo grieving her husband as his body returned home aboard an airplane from war.

"My son saved his unit. He was the only fatality in that attack," Jan Edens said.

But the Edens family was devastated once again when they recently learned Ashley's private moment with her husband's casket had been turned into an internet meme that continues to circulate online.

The meme makes it appear as though Ashley is actress Lea Michele mourning the loss of Glee actor Cory Montieth.

Ashley Edens was too upset to talk with us on camera about this story.

"She's saddened by the memory being stolen from her, the time with her husband. Her exact words were, 'They stole the moment with my husband,'" Jan Edens said.

Channel 4 News sent a message to the operator of one Facebook page that has posted the misrepresented photo, but they did not respond.

The soldier's mother said she just wants the picture taken down, not wanting her son's memory and his sacrifice diminished in any way.

"I don't want his memory to be confused with someone else," she said.

The original photo of Jason Edens' widow was taken by a photographer with the Tennessee National Guard. We contacted them to see if anything can be done about the internet meme.

While they say it's unfortunate that picture has been misused, nothing can be done about it, because military photos are not copyrighted. They can be used by anyone.

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