"IT WAS HOMICIDE" SAYS SAN DIEGO COUNTY
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The sailor's lips turned blue, he was treading water, and it was obvious the SEAL trainee was in big trouble.
Seaman Derek Lovelace was fighting to keep conscious during a pool exercise at Coronado when, we have been told, an instructor repeatedly shoved the struggling sailor's head under water.
SEAL training is among the toughest in the world, but according to strict protocols, the instructors are prohibited from laying hands on the trainees themselves. We find it incredible that Navy personnel have been officially charged with "homicide - death by drowning."
We think that charge will be eventually adjusted downward, but right now, there are few details available. A NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) official probe is underway.
COUNTY M.E. CALLS DEATH A "HOMICIDE"
Lovelace is a native of Crestview, Fla. and enlisted in the Navy last November. His goal was to become a SEAL and wear the prized Trident badge. Now he is dead.
The San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office has taken the unprecedented step of calling the death a "homicide." A spokesperson said the sailor lost his life at the hands of SEAL instructors who "violated training procedures."
An autopsy revealed Lovelace had an enlarged heart and was taking medication to combat asthma and allergies at the time of his death.