Violent Crime, Suicide, and Non-Combat Death at Fort Bliss, Texas (US Army)

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Adam Acosta, US Army Veteran (2017): Accused of Homicide

John Barcellano, US Army (2017): Fatal Motorcyle Accident

Tyler Croke, US Army (2017): Homicide Victim

Riley Gast, US Army (2017): Found Dead in Desert, Cause of Death Unknown

Zachary Johnston, US Army Veteran (2017): Accused of Homicide

Hansen Kirkpatrick, US Army (2017): Died From Wounds Received During an Indirect Fire Attack, Afghanistan

Brandon Olsen, US Army (2017): Accused of Homicide

John Rodriguez, US Army (2017): Non-Combat Related Incident, Kuwait

Anthony Bowden, US Army (2016): Accused of Homicide

Eric Duvall, US Army (2016): Accused of Homicide

Tyler Hall, US Army (2016): Accused of Homicide

Melvin Jones, US Army (2016): AWOL, Missing, Found

Dante Naken Dewayne Long, US Army (2016): Homicide Victim

Ronald Murray, Jr., US Army (2016): Non-Combat Death, Vehicle Accident, Kuwait

Jake Obad-Mathis, US Army (2016): AWOL, Missing, Found

MG John Rossi, US Army (2016): Death Rule Suicide

Audi Sumilat, US Army (2016): Guilty of Gun Smuggling; Final Disposition Unknown

Devon Ward, US Army (2016): AWOL, Missing, Found Dead

Aaron Wolfe, US Army Veteran (2016): Passed Away Unexpectedly

Gabriel Benavidez, Civilian (2015): Victim of Physical Assault

Andrew Budd, US Army (2015): Found Dead in Home, Cause of Death Unknown

Dr. Timothy Fjordbak, Veterans Affairs (2015): Homicide Victim

Deric Joyce, US Army (2015): Pleaded Guilty to Aggravated Battery Resulting in Great Bodily Harm

Jerry Serrato, US Army Veteran (2015): Homicide, Suicide

Jonathan Wynkoop, US Army (2015): Died in Training Exercise

Christina Bukovcik, US Army (2014): Homicide Victim

Devon Huerta-Person, US Army (2014): Charged with Aggravated Assault

Dartarious Graham, US Army (2014): Homicide, Sentenced to 40 Years

Peyton Graham, US Army Dependent (2014): Homicide Victim

Geomel Shaffa, US Army (2014): Homicide of Spouse, Sentenced to 50 Years

Jackson Farrey, US Army Dependent (2013): Homicide Victim

Jeffrey Farrey, US Army (2013): Homicide, Sentenced to 20 Years

Jenna Farrey, US Army Spouse (2013): Homicide, Sentenced to 35 Years

Troy Kent, US Army (2013): Fatal Automobile Accident

Corey Moss, US Army (2013): Attempted Murder, Sentenced to 30 Years

Rachel Poole, US Army Spouse (2013): Victim of Attempted Homicide

Mariza Shaffa, US Army Spouse (2013): Victim of Attempted Homicide

James Brown, US Army (2012): Died While in Jail for DWI Charge

Malachi Cosby, US Army Dependent (2012): Homicide Victim

Crispen Hanson, US Army (2012): Homicide, Sentenced to 8 Years

Francisco Perez, US Army (2012): Homicide, Afghanistan, Sentenced to 15 Months

Neil Turner, US Army (2012): Homicide Victim, Afghanistan

Shawn Williams, US Army (2012): Court of Criminal Appeals Decision

Kelvin Gooding, US Army (2011): Homicide Victim

Lykisha Gooding, US Army (2011): Homicide Victim

Alex Jaime, US Army (2011): Homicide Victim

Zareef Saleel, US Army (2011): Homicide of Alex Jaime, Sentenced to Life in Prison

James Steadman, US Army (2011): Homicide of 2 Soldiers; Shot & Killed by Woman

Robert Nichols, US Army (2010): Suicide

Michael Apodaca, US Army (2009): Homicide, Sentenced to Life

Cassaundra Beckel, US Army (2009): Homicide Victim by Spouse

Kevin Beckel, US Army (2009): Homicide of Spouse, Suicide

Jacob Engle, US Army (2009): Accidental Shooting Death

Gerald Polanco, US Army (2009): Accused of Homicide, Incompetent to Stand Trial

Thelton Riley, Civilian (2009): Homicide, Sentenced to 30 Years

Leesa Trujillo, Civilian (2009): Injury to Child & Involuntary Manslaughter, Sentenced to 10 Years

Justin Weckel, US Army (2009): Suspected Suicide

Keiffer Wilhelm, US Army (2009): Non-Combat Death, Death Ruled Suicide, Iraq

Clinton Lewis, US Army Spouse (2008): Accused of Kidnapping, Rape & Stabbing Wife; Final Disposition Unknown

Jeneesa Lewis, US Army (2008): Kidnapped, Stabbed & Raped but Found Alive

John Fish, US Army (2007): Suspected Suicide

Jamaal Addison, US Army (2003): Killed in Ambush, Iraq

Robert Dowdy, US Army (2003): Killed in Ambush, Iraq

Ruben Estrella-Soto, US Army (2003): Killed in Ambush, Iraq

Edgar Hernandez, US Army (2003): POW, Iraq, Rescued by USMC

Joseph Hudson, US Army (2003): POW, Iraq, Rescued by USMC

Howard Johnson II, US Army (2003): Killed in Ambush, Iraq

Shoshana Johnson, US Army (2003): POW, Iraq, Rescued by USMC

James Kiehl, US Army (2003): Killed in Ambush, Iraq

Jessica Lynch, US Army (2003): POW, Iraq, Rescued by USMC

Johnny Mata, US Army (2003): Killed in Ambush, Iraq

Patrick Miller, US Army (2003): POW, Iraq, Rescued by USMC

Lori Piestewa, US Army (2003): Killed in Ambush, Iraq

James Riley, US Army (2003): POW, Iraq, Rescued by USMC

Brandon Sloan, US Army (2003): Killed in Ambush, Iraq

Donald Walters, US Army (2003): Killed in Ambush, Iraq

Lynn Reister, US Army (2001): Homicide Victim

Roger Reister, US Army (2001): Homicide of Capt. Lynn Reister for SGLI

Luis Rodriguez-Martinez, US Army (2000): Suicide or Murder?

Anthony Riggs, US Army (1991): Homicide Victim

Nathan Craig, US Army (1984): Homicide Victim

Willie Jackson, US Army (1984): Homicide, Suicide

Vernon Shearer, US Army (1979): Homicide Victim

Chester Garrett, US Army (1977): Homicide Victim

Andrew Heard, US Army (1977): 2 Homicides, Sentenced to 15-55 Years in Prison after Released from 4 Years in Prison for Murder of German Woman

Ralph Sigler, US Army (1977): Suicide or Murder?

Cecil Cash, US Army (1944): Homicide Victim, War Crime

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General with Bliss ties is most senior Army officer to kill self
The General Who Went to War On Suicide

Stalking is Dangerous (2017)


Vegas Bray is convicted of murder and sentenced 50 years to life in prison. A friend of Vegas’s, Kevin Oseguera says “the monster inside of her” shot Victor, not his friend. -Snapped on Oxygen

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Navy Veteran Victor Saucedo Shot and Killed in Home by Ex-Girlfriend; Navy Veteran Vegas Bray Sentenced to 50 Years to Life in Prison (2012)
Sgt. Bill Coffin Murdered Ex-Fiancee After Civilian Courts Issued Protective Order, Judge Alleges Army Routinely Ignores Court Orders (1997)
National Stalking Resource Center

Huey, Matt Dyer’s Beloved Dog

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Huey of Fayetteville, North Carolina

Fort Bragg Army soldier Matt Dyer’s dog Huey passed away in Fayetteville, North Carolina on April 16 or 17, 2017 (the exact date is unknown). Matt’s childhood friend and estranged wife, Marinna Rollins, was watching Huey for him while he was stationed in South Korea. Unfortunately, at some point Marinna and her current boyfriend, Jarren Heng, also a Fort Bragg Army soldier, decided they were going to kill Huey. The two filmed the event, it was released to the public, and went viral resulting in outrage from around the world. Less then two weeks after the news hit the airwaves and the two were charged and arrested, Marinna Rollins committed suicide. Matt Dyer is devastated by the loss of both Huey and his wife and childhood friend from Maine. Marinna was medically discharged from the Army and diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress, Bi-Polar, and other mental illnesses after a traumatic event in South Korea. Matt thought Huey would be good for Marinna, who was a disabled veteran and even registered Huey as an emotional support animal. Keep up with the latest developments in Jarren Heng’s animal abuse case and other news at Justice for Huey on Facebook.

Fort Stewart Army Sgt. Shaquille Craig Charged with Killing Two Fellow Army Soldiers in Georgia: Spc. Marquez Brown and Pvt. Malika Jackson (2017)

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Sgt. Shaquille Craig, US Army

Fort Stewart Army Sgt. Shaquille Craig, 24, was charged with murdering two of his fellow Army members, Spc. Marquez Brown, 23, and Pvt. Malika Jackson, 21, in Hinesville, Georgia. An anonymous tip led to the discovery of their bodies on March 5, 2017. Sgt. Craig stands accused of shooting to death both Spc. Brown and Pvt. Jackson, one of them had a large knife in their throat. Hinesville Police Department report that Sgt. Craig has been arrested and charged with two counts of murder.

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Army confirms two found dead in townhouse are soldiers from Fort Stewart
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2 Fort Stewart soldiers found dead inside apartment
2 soldiers found dead in Georgia apartment near Army post
Two Fort Stewart soldiers found dead in off-post apartment
Two Fort Stewart soldiers found dead in Hinesville townhome
Two Fort Stewart Soldiers Found Dead In Georgia Townhome
2 Fort Stewart soldiers Malika Jackson and Marquez Brown found dead in a townhome
Police: 2 Soldiers Shot to Death in Georgia Double Homicide
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Hinesville police make arrest in death of 2 Fort Stewart soldiers
Georgia soldier charged with killing 2 fellow Army members
Fort Stewart Soldier Charged with Killing 2 Fellow Army Members
Alabama man charged in killings of 2 fellow Army members in Georgia
Georgia sergeant is charged with shooting dead two fellow soldiers who were found ‘in a pool of their own blood – one with a large knife in his throat’
Father of murdered Fort Stewart soldier speaks
Marquez Brown’s family wants answers in his death

Gangs in the US Army Documentary


“It seems like more and more gang members joined in order to get free military training and gain new skills that they can use when they are back in their street gangs. This epidemic of gang members in the US army, marines and even the navy is getting worse. It seems like the background checks aren’t that accurate and can’t always detect who’s legit vs who’s a criminal.”

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Neo-Nazis, gangs and criminals in the US military
In the Army Now: Gangs, Nazis & the Mentally Ill
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Irregular Army : A Conversation With Matt Kennard
Reports Back Op-Ed Linking Vets to Hate Groups
The US Military Has Become A Haven For Hate Groups
American ISIS: The Domestic Terrorist Fallout of the Iraq War
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The FBI Announces Gangs Have Infiltrated Every Branch Of The Military
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Red, White and Gangs: The problem of street gangs in the military
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How Neo-Nazis and Gangs Infiltrated the U.S. Military: Matt Kennard’s ‘Irregular Army’
Irregular Army: How the US Military Recruited Neo-Nazis, Gang Members, and Criminals to Fight the War on Terror
FBI says U.S. criminal gangs are using military to spread their reach (2006)
Criminal Gangs in the Military (2007)
Are Gang Members Using Military Training? (2007)
The Yale Law Journal: Gangs in the Military (2009)

Massachusetts School of Law Interviews Veteran Jennifer Norris About Violent Crime in the Military & Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Massachusetts School of Law explored violent crime in the military with Jennifer Norris, Military Justice for All, and the impact it has on civilians too. Jennifer talked about her experiences with four different perpetrators within the first two years of her enlisted career, the reporting & adjudication process, and the retaliation that ensued and eventually ended a fifteen year career. Also discussed was the jurisdictional hurdles that arise with a transient population like the military. For example, Jennifer was not able to press charges against one perpetrator because he moved out of state after learning he was getting reported. Another perpetrator was active duty Air Force at Keesler Air Force Base, therefore a state National Guard commander did not have jurisdiction of a federal employee. And finally, although Jennifer was able to move forward with two other cases involving high ranking National Guard members with over eighteen years of service, unlike the civilian world, after the cases were adjudicated, they retired with full military retirement benefits and no public records.

Jennifer also shared that although the Department of Defense downplays violent crime in the military and sexual assault appears to be closely monitored by some female members of Congress, everything is not under control. The crime appears to be escalating. The military doesn’t just have a sexual assault issue, they have a domestic violence and homicide issue as well. They also have a pattern of ruling soldier’s deaths both stateside and overseas as suicides, training accidents, and illness despite families strongly protesting and evidence revealing otherwise. Domestic violence is more likely to lead to homicide and unfortunately the two issues have not been given the attention they deserve because until you do the research yourself and see how many families and communities have been impacted by the crimes, suspicious death, and homicide of a soldier or civilian, you wouldn’t know because Congress and the main stream media do not give it the attention it deserves. Homicide and independent investigations of all suspicious deaths should be given the highest priority not only because people have lost their lives and families deserve answers but because someone needs to be held accountable. We must prevent others from becoming victims of these crimes too.

Jennifer discussed the lasting impacts the crimes and retaliation had on her. Jennifer was empowered after doing all that she could do to protect others from getting harmed by the same people, but her squadron did not see it the same way. After the cases were adjudicated, Jennifer faced hostility from a couple of the perpetrator’s friends and her Chain of Command once she returned back to work. She eventually had to transfer to another squadron. It was the professional and personal retaliation that made her start feeling more intense feelings of anxiety, depression, and even suicidal thoughts. And unfortunately her next squadron wasn’t any more welcoming then the last. She was told shortly after arriving that ‘no female makes it in the satellite communications work center’ and that she was experiencing hostility from her new Chain of Command because the old squadron called and informed them she was a ‘troublemaker.’ The retaliation had a direct impact on her mental health and cemented an already traumatizing experience with further abuse, indifference, and judgement. By the time she got to her third squadron (almost ten years after the first attack), she learned that the Department of Veterans Affairs treated Post Traumatic Stress resulting from military sexual trauma.

After Jennifer informed her third squadron that she was getting help for the PTS at the Department of Veterans Affairs, she was immediately red flagged and asked to leave the squadron until she could produce a note from her doctor giving her permission to be at work. She did this and jumped through the other hoops asked of her in an attempt to save her career but lost confidentiality in the process. Jennifer walked away from her career in the end because she refused to release her VA records for a security clearance investigation. The entire experience not only opened her up to judgement again (simply because she asked for some counseling due to what someone else did) but she had to prove that she was ‘fit for duty’ while the perpetrators were enjoying full military retirement benefits. Jennifer chose a second chance at a civilian career when she refused to release her confidential VA records for her security clearance investigation because she wanted to ensure a future free of a tainted security clearance. It makes zero sense that someone who is a victim of crime be negatively impacted by the crimes of others in yet another way. The hypocrisy of the system is truly revealed when you look at how the perpetrators were let off the hook but the victim of crime loses their military career because they had the strength to first report and then eventually ask for help.

Navy Sailor Andrea Daves Found Dead in Charred Vehicle in Lakeside, California; No Known Suspects At This Time, Under Investigation (2017)

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Andrea Daves, US Navy

US Navy sailor Andrea Daves’ deceased body was found in a charred vehicle at the end of a cul-de-sac in Lakeside, California on February 22, 2017. She was a mother of two children and on maternity leave at the time of her death. There are no known suspects at this time and this homicide case in under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department’s homicide detail at 858-974-2321, after hours at 858-565-5200 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

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Reward Offered for Armed and Dangerous Fugitive: Army Recruiter John Blauvelt Wanted for Allegedly Murdering Estranged Wife in South Carolina (2016)

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John Blauvelt, US Army

Active duty US Army recruiter John Blauvelt is a wanted fugitive by the US Marshals Service (USMS) for the murder of his estranged wife Catherine Blauvelt on October 26, 2016 in South Carolina. After allegedly murdering his wife, John Blauvelt fled the state with another young female who was later found safe in Eugene, Oregon. The USMS considers Blauvelt armed and dangerous and suspects that he is located somewhere on the west coast. According to the USMS, any information leading directly to John Blauvelt’s capture is eligible for a reward of up to $2,500. Please contact the USMS tip line at 1-800-336-0102 or by email at usms.wanted@usdoj.gov.

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Cati Blauvelt, 22, was left to die alone in terror. Now, her husband is a suspect. And he’s on the run. -Crime Watch Daily

Army Veteran Fernando Duarte Fatally Shot in Florida Casino Parking Lot, Prosecutors Drop Murder Charges Against Two Men who Proved Self Defense (2016)

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Fernando Duarte, US Army Veteran

Army veteran and former Ranger Fernando Duarte was shot and killed in a casino parking lot in Miami, Florida on Christmas day, December 25, 2016, after winning a prize. According to police, there was an argument ensued and escalated in the parking lot before Duarte was murdered by two suspects who were later identified and arrested. Kenin Bailey and Mikey Lenard were both charged with first degree murder. But the prosecutors dropped the charges against them because the evidenced revealed that Fernando was the aggressor and the two killed him in self-defense.

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Honoring the U.S. Service Members Who Died in November 2016

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We lost a number of U.S. service members in November 2016. We want to honor those who died in combat and honor those who did not, both overseas and in garrison.

O God, by whose mercy the faithful departed find rest, look kindly on your departed veterans who gave their lives in the service of their country. Grant that through the passion, death, and resurrection of your Son they may share in the joy of your heavenly kingdom and rejoice in you with your saints forever. We ask this through Christ our Lord. –Catholic Online

U.S. Air Force
AMN Daniel Peregoy, Andersen AFB, Guam
SrA Travis Bennet, Andersen AFB, Guam
MSgt Greg Ramos, Andersen AFB, Guam

U.S. Army
Pvt. Wanya Bruns, Fort Hood, Texas
Pvt. Kevin Paulino, Fort Hood, Texas
Pvt. Dakota Stump, Fort Hood, Texas
Pfc. Tyler Iubelt, Fort Hood, Texas (Afghanistan)
Pfc. Shadow McClaine, Fort Campbell, Kentucky
Pfc. Thomas Snyder III, Fort Wainwright, Alaska
Pfc. David Winchester, Fort Bragg, NC
Spc. Phillip Cruz-Medellin, Fort Riley, KS
Spc. Korey James, Fort Hood, Texas
Spc. Ronald Murray, Jr., Fort Bliss, TX (Kuwait)
Sgt. John Perry, Fort Hood, Texas (Afghanistan)
Staff Sgt. Matthew Lewellen, Fort Campbell, KY (Jordan)
Staff Sgt. Kevin McEnroe, Fort Campbell, KY (Jordan)
Staff Sgt. James Moriarty, Fort Campbell, KY (Jordan)
Sgt. 1st Class Ryan Gloyer, Fort Carson, CO (Afghanistan)
Sgt. 1st Class Grant Shanaman, Fort Bragg, NC
Capt. Andrew Byers, Fort Carson, CO (Afghanistan)

U.S. Marine Corps
Recruit Zachary Boland, Parris Island, South Carolina

U.S. Navy
Midshipman Jason Jablonski, Naval Academy, Maryland
Senior Chief PO Scott Dayton, EOD, Virginia (Syria)