Jackson Lee demands probe of gay sailor’s death

Posted on 14 Jul 2009 at 1:53pm

August Provost was shot to death, then his body set on fire on base in San Diego

HOUSTON — U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee is calling for an investigation into the shooting death of a gay Houston sailor while he was on duty in California last month.

Lee said Sunday, July 12, that the killing of 29-year-old Navy Seaman August Provost III was "bizarre" and more facts need to be uncovered.

Navy officials have said Provost’s body was burned after he was shot to death June 30 while standing guard at Camp Pendleton north of San Diego.

Jackson Lee spoke alongside family members who say they believe the shooting was a hate crime because Provost had complained about being harassed because he was gay.

Investigators called Provost’s death a random act.

Navy officials say another sailor was implicated through physical evidence and his statement.

Information from: Houston Chronicle, www.chron.com

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