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Vigil for Gay Sailor Killed on Camp Pendleton

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Aired 7/10/09

A vigil is planned outside Camp Pendleton this evening. It’s to honor the memory of a Navy sailor found shot dead in a guard shack on base ten days ago. August Provost was gay, but the Navy is downplaying suggestions that the killing was a hate crime.

A vigil is planned outside Camp Pendleton this evening. It’s to honor the memory of a Navy sailor found shot dead in a guard shack on base ten days ago. August Provost was gay, but the Navy is downplaying suggestions that the killing was a hate crime.

Members of the gay rights community will conduct what they’re calling a funeral procession up Interstate 5 to Oceanside. They’ll join colleagues from around the region to hold a peaceful vigil along the street leading to the main gate of Camp Pendleton.

“We want justice here,” says Max Disposti of the North County LGBT Coalition. “We want to make sure that the Camp Pendleton representatives are informing us about how such a violent crime could happen inside one of the most secure areas. There are a lot of questions that haven’t been answered.”

The Navy is holding a person of interest in the brig. They say the killing appears to be linked to someone intent on doing other damage on the base. But Congressman Bob Filner is pushing for more facts.

“I’ve hear from other sources that the guy they have in custody is part of Provost’s unit,” Filner says. “If they knew each other, then there’s something more to this than just killing a guard on their way to do other damage.”

Filner says Provost had told relatives he was being harassed, but didn’t ask for an official investigation because of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

The Navy is now conducting an investigation into the crime.

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yermama | July 25, 2009 at 12:32 p.m. ― 5 years ago

Why is there no mention of the fact that August Provost was viciously burned alive after being shot?

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