Friday, July 3, 2009

NavyTimes: Gay sailor’s death called a ‘hate killing’

Gay sailor’s death called a ‘hate killing’ - Navy News, news from Iraq - Navy Times
Gay activists are demanding answers from the Navy after an openly gay sailor was found dead early Tuesday in a guard shack at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., a victim of what gay rights groups are calling a “hate killing.”

Navy investigators confirmed they considered the death of Boatswain’s Mate Seaman August Provost, 29, a homicide, but they would not confirm that Provost’s sexuality was a factor in his death.

Officials said a “person of interest” was being detained in the brig at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in connection with Provost’s death, but he was not identified, not considered a formal suspect and had not been charged with a crime. A Navy spokeswoman said she did not have information about whether the “person of interest” was a Marine or other service member.

A Navy announcement said investigators had completed an autopsy on Provost’s body, but would not determine an official cause of death until they received the results of toxicology tests....

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