Vigil, Burial Held for Slain Gay Sailor August Provost
Approximately 100 people gathered at a site near Camp Pendleton on Friday night for a candlelight vigil and demonstration intended to show solidarity with the family of slain Seaman August Provost, who was found murdered at a guard post on the base on June 29:
"Navy officials have said there isn't any evidence that suggests his slaying was gang-related or a hate crime. Relatives have said Provost told them he had been harassed, and they had urged him to report it. Rep. Bob Filner, D-San Diego, has said the Navy told his office that Provost had been killed by a man who was attacking the base. Charges haven't been filed against the 'person of interest' – a sailor being held in connection with Provost's death – and no other suspects have been taken in, Navy Region Southwest officials said yesterday afternoon. 'We wanted to send a message of solidarity to his family,' said Max Disposti, chairman of the North County LGBT Coalition, before the vigil. He said North County is 'so connected' to Camp Pendleton and “every time something happens in Camp Pendleton it affects the community too.” He said organizers picked the location along North Coast Highway near Monterey Drive because it was close to the base and visible from Interstate 5. Some motorists honked to show support as they passed."
A Flickr gallery of the vigil.
Provost was laid to rest on Friday in Houston: "Friends and family praised Provost for his “powerful love” of all people, never caring about sexual orientation or race. Only one longtime family friend, Allie Harrison, alluded to concern over whether the gay sailor's death was a hate crime. 'I believe with all my heart the truth will be revealed and any lies uncovered,' she said from the pulpit. The service was at Wright Grove Baptist Church in the Acres Home neighborhood of Houston where Provost grew up."
Watch scenes from the vigil, AFTER THE JUMP...
Robin McGehee speaks, and mourners march:
An ABC10 news report: