Memorial Services For Dead Marine

Memorial services took placed for a Marine who took his own life back in January, last night at Salem Baptist Church in Sneads Ferry where he was a member.

Dozens attented the service for 24 year old Corporal Johnathon Tyler Burnette. Burnette died January 7th at the Naval Hospital. The NCIS says the autopsy showed of self inflicted wounds. Church members are devastated at the loss -- they describe Burnette as humble, willing to help with a big smile and big heart. Many of his family members were in attendance last night, including his young daughter.

The Marine Corps has ruled Bernette's death a suicide but says the investigation may take a year. Burnette's family believes there son was a victim of a crime.


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  • by mark Location: jville on Feb 16, 2009 at 11:05 AM
    I dont beleive he took his own life either! I cant beleive there hasnt been more info on why they beleive so.
  • by Alison Location: Havelock on Feb 16, 2009 at 07:51 AM
    My thoughts and prayers are with the family of this marine! God bless!
  • by Wanda Location: Kenansville on Feb 16, 2009 at 04:29 AM
    I do not believe this marine took his life. I hope the investigation continues...
  • by Sheila Location: Kenansville on Feb 16, 2009 at 03:13 AM
    I will NEVER believe that he did that to himself,this was just such a sad case.
  • by T Location: NC on Feb 15, 2009 at 06:15 PM
    RIP Devil Dog. Once a Marine, always a Marine.
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