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Against the backdrop of outrage in Congress over sexual abuse in the military, there was a nationwide moment of silence Saturday for a North County soldier. It coincided with renewed calls for the truth about how Lavena Johnson died. Read more...
No Justice, No Peace: Remembering Pfc. LaVena Johnson
Army investigators ruled that LaVena committed suicide by firing her M-16 automatic rifle into her mouth. Her body was found beside the rifle in a contractor's storage tent on a U.S. military base, a trail of blood leading away from her tent, and a gunshot wound that seemed inconsistent with suicide. Read more...