The Naval news release says 32-year-old Petty Officer Jonathan Campos, of Lancaster, California was found "unresponsive in his cell" Friday at about 12:20 PM. He was rushed to the base hospital where he was later pronounced dead. The apparent cause of death was asphyxiation.
Campos was charged with murder and many other offenses in the June 30 death of Seaman Provost, a 29-year-old seaman from Houston, who was shot several times in the sentry station at Camp Pendleton.. Provost's body was set on fire at his guard post. 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.
The Navy says Provost's death was not a hate crime—but the result of a one month "crime spree" allegedly committed by Campos.
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