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Fear of Outing Led to Murder of Sailor August Provost, Sister Says

A fellow sailor fearful of being outed shot gay Sailor August Provost multiple times and lit a fire to try and destroy the evidence, Provost's sister tells the Dallas Voice:

Provost "Rose Roy, of Beaumont, the sister of Provost’s father, said in a phone interview Tuesday, July 14 that she’s 'not at liberty' to identify the source who provided the information to the family. But Roy said the source told the family Provost had a heated argument with the suspect a week before his murder, and that the sailor now being held as a person of interest by the Navy has a history of mental illness. 'This guy went the extra mile to make sure that my nephew would never be able to speak about his [the killer’s] sexuality,' Roy said. 'My nephew died for reasons other than what the military is saying.' Neither Provost’s other family members nor his partner, identified as Kaether Cordero of Houston, could be reached for comment this week. Roy’s latest statements marked a departure from previous assertions by her and other family members that Provost’s murder was an anti-gay hate crime. Provost complained about being harassed because of his sexual orientation in the months prior to his death, his family has said. Some LGBT activists have speculated that Provost’s murder is tied to 'don’t ask, don’t tell,' the ban on gay servicemembers that could have deterred him from reporting the harassment to superiors."

Provost was buried last week and a vigil held near Camp Pendleton in his honor. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee has called for a Congressional inquiry.

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  1. Sorry Rose Roy, there is no interest in the death of your poor nephew. The attempt to seek answers to he's untimely death matters not. Perhaps if he were cuter, a half naked gymnast, or ever Jim Carrey someone would here would care. No need to tell the story if no ones asked about it. Ta Ta Dear.

    Posted by: xyz2 | Jul 18, 2009 2:15:58 AM

  2. ...just because not many have commented doesn't mean they have not read the story or are not interested ....I read posts all the time and don't comment...thanks for a wide range of news and events Andy...keep it up...!

    Posted by: sonofabutch | Jul 18, 2009 2:12:33 PM

  3. Oh, and p.s.

    R.I.P. August's hoping you get's that xyz2?

    Posted by: sonofabutch | Jul 18, 2009 2:15:23 PM

  4. XYZ has a point.

    None of this would have happened w/o DADT.

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Jul 18, 2009 2:39:11 PM

  5. "Perhaps if he were cuter, a half naked gymnast, or ever Jim Carrey someone would here would care."

    You left out the MOST important reason for the lack of interest. He's not WHITE.

    When I began reading your comment I thought you were going to be brave and go "there" but you didn't. I decided to just call a spade a spade. So to speak.

    Posted by: elg | Jul 19, 2009 6:04:45 AM

  6. Maybe no one feels comfortable commenting until more is known on what actually happened.

    Posted by: JT | Jul 19, 2009 5:18:33 PM

  7. ELG,

    Thanks Babe, You hit the nail on the head directly!

    Posted by: DUPREE | Jul 20, 2009 4:09:34 AM

  8. Most of YOU guys didn't comment on the recent Lateisha Green in Syracuse and Robert Hanna in D.C. stories, so....?

    Posted by: Let'sFaceIt | Jul 20, 2009 9:21:05 AM

  9. To Dupree and ELG,
    What hateful miserable pieces of shit you two are. The skank of a mother that raised you taught you bigots well.

    Posted by: You sicken me | Jul 20, 2009 9:22:18 AM

  10. @ YOU SICKEN ME:

    Nothing said on this thread should have offended anyone unless they are very SICK indeed. As for the mothers of ELG and Dupree. Their mothers obviously raised them to be clear thinking, brave, and honest enough to speak out. How did yours do?

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jul 20, 2009 1:25:12 PM

  11. Hey guys, Its not what you say but sometime what you don't! My point obviously hit a nerve as intended. To "Lateisha Green in Syracuse and Robert Hanna in D.C." (My sincerest apology for missing your stories.) The universe blesses you and all the stories of the untold and invisible.

    Posted by: xyz2 | Jul 20, 2009 10:43:18 PM

  12. Part of the reason these types of things keep happening is because of the total apathy of the community to fight for rights, to challenge them. As exemplified here by purported lack of interest by Towleroad readers in stories covering hate crimes.
    What really amazes me is the complete lack of outrage or even any commentary in news reports on the Defense Provocation used that downgraded the sentences of the murderers of Leteisha Green and Tony Randolph Hunter to manslaughter. Now THAT is an outrage.

    Posted by: Darian Zam | Jul 23, 2009 9:17:56 PM

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