New details are emerging about the killing of a gay, black soldier at Camp Pendleton:

Provost was killed while he was standing guard as a sentry for the Assault Craft Unit 5 compound at Camp Pendleton, [Capt. Matt] Brown said. He had begun the shift at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, and his body was discovered by his replacement around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday. "Preliminarily, it appears that Seaman Provost suffered gunshot wounds and it appears that someone attempted to destroy evidence by lighting a fire at Seaman Provost's assigned place of duty," Brown said.

Provost had complained of homophobic and racist harassment. President Obama refuses to change the military policy that sustains the homophobia that the military will neither counter nor acknowledge.

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