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Video: Who Murdered Pvt. Lavena L. Johnson?

May 8th, 2009 by MarkTwain · No Comments

Shortly after midnight on July 19, 2005, a shift supervisor at a military cafeteria in Balad, Iraq, hears a loud bang that sounds like a car backfiring and races to the tent where it came from. He looks inside. Private First Class LaVena Johnson, 19, a vegan and an honor-roll student who once dreamed of going to film school in Los Angeles, is dead of a gunshot wound to the head.

She is lying on a bed of rocky soil, with gashes on both sides of her mouth; her hair is tangled in the dirt. An M16 is lying on the ground beside her. A Bible, a package of M&Ms, and a pack of Marlboro Lights are also near her body

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Today, more than three years later, LaVena’s parents, Dr. John and Linda Johnson, are still looking for answers. Who killed their daughter?

Officials at the Army Criminal Investigation Command spent nine months on the case. They closed the investigation on April 28, 2006, ruling LaVena’s death a suicide. Her file is “inches thick,” says spokesman Chris Grey. “We stand by our investigation.”But LaVena’s father says the Army is lying–he thinks his daughter was murdered. She showed no signs of wanting to kill herself during the two months she spent in Iraq; two days before she died, LaVena told her father she was coming home in November to get the house ready for Christmas. “Don’t start decorating without me,” she said.Related:

 Family Exhumes Body of Local Soldier to Look For Clues Into Her Mysterious Death

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