San Diego Union Tribune: "Navy spokesman Brian O'Rourke says the military owes answers to the family of 29-year-old Seaman August Provost of Houston, who was shot in a Camp Pendleton guard shack on June 30. The shack also was set on fire.
Petty Officer Jonathan Campos was arrested the night of the murder and charged last week. Campos reportedly suffocated himself Friday afternoon after toilet paper was stuffed in his mouth.
Provost told his family he was harassed and ostracized at Pendleton for at least a year because he was gay and black. Provost's family believes he was killed partly because of his sexual orientation. One relative suggested an "emotionally disturbed" and "deeply closeted" fellow sailor that feared being outed was responsible for killing Provost.
The Navy maintains Provost's death had nothing to do with his sexuality. Campos was accused of a month-long crime spree that included murder, solicitation off murder, drugs and weapons violations, and breaking and entering. The military investigation was sharply criticized by family members and several members of Congress.
Will we ever learn what really happened that night at Guard Shack 3 at Camp Pendleton?