Chron Leaves Out Key Detail From Story On Sailor's Death

A Houston sailor was killed at Camp Pendleton in San Diego Tuesday.

Here, verbatim, is the version of the AP report the Houston Chronicle is running on it:

Houston sailor killed at Camp Pendleton
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- Navy officials say the death of a 29-year-old Camp Pendleton sailor is being investigated as a possible homicide.

Navy Region Southwest spokesman Doug Sayers says the body of August Provost of Houston was discovered in a guard shack on the base before dawn Tuesday.

An autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday to determine the cause of death.

Sayers says the Naval Criminal Investigative Service has taken a "person of interest" into custody. He says charges have not been filed.

The San Diego Union-Tribune says Provost was a boatswain mate seaman who worked on hovercrafts and was assigned to Assault Craft Unit 5 on the base.

Turns out the Union-Tribune report went on to mention that Provost's Houston partner says the  sailor was "openly gay" and that gay-rights activists are asking the Navy to investigate whether the death was a hate crime.

Here's the rest of the San Diego report which picks up essentially at the point where the Chron left off:

The death has local gay activists calling for an investigation into whether Provost was slain because of his sexual orientation

 "We're definitely monitoring this, and trust and hope the military will investigate this in the professional way it should," said Nicole Murray-Ramirez, chairman of San Diego's Human Rights Commission.

Murray-Ramirez said he had asked two San Diego members of Congress, Reps. Susan Davis and Bob Filner, to make official inquiries with the military.

Provost's partner, Kaether Cordero, said Provost was openly gay but kept his private life quiet for the most part.

"People who he was friends with, I knew that they knew," Cordero said from Houston. "He didn't care that they knew. He trusted them."

Provost had recently complained to family members about a person who was harassing him, so they advised him to tell his supervisor, said his sister, Akalia Provost of Houston.

We're sure the Chron will get around to the rest of the story eventually.

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