UPDATE: Autopsy Is Complete For Camp Lejeune Marine

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WITN News is following the death investigation of a Marine on base at Camp Lejeune.

WSMV-TV in Nashville, Tennessee reported that Cpl. Johnathon Burnette was murdered, stabbed several times and found in a pool of his own blood inside his barracks aboard Camp Lejeune.

The autopsy is now complete. An official tells WITN preliminary indications are the wounds were self-inflicted.

We are told Burnette was found alive in his room, but died later at the hospital. Officials say a command member's conversation with Burnette
led Naval Criminal Investigative Services to believe there was no crime involved.

Burnette was a member of the Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune. Burnette was a landing support specialist who joined the Marine Corps in June 2005.

"If I ever felt that he would've been safe, it would've been in his camp," said Steve Burnette, the victim's father. He was interviewed by WSMV-TV.

The report says Burnette graduated from Cookeville High in Tennessee, and was an avid motorcycle rider. Relatives say he was so excited to join the Marine Corps, he talked about leaving school early.

The Marine Corps says Burnette’s awards include the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.


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An investigation into how a 24 year old Camp Lejeune Marine died while on base is underway.

The Marine Corps says Cpl. Johnathon Burnette, died Wednesday while on base at Camp Lejeune.

Naval Criminal Investigative Services is conducting an investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death. He was assigned to Headquarters Battalion, 2Nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force. Burnette was a Marine Landing Support Specialist. He joined the Marine Corps June 7, 2005.


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  • by marine mommy Location: undisclosed for now on Oct 28, 2009 at 05:57 PM
    My son is UA right now because he ran for his life.
  • by Ashamed of the military Location: Private on Feb 10, 2009 at 05:11 PM
    The truth needs to be known, not what has been put in print. I find it very hard to believe someone could sustain what he did by his own hands.
  • by Debbie King Location: Sneads Ferry, NC on Feb 3, 2009 at 08:59 AM
    Just to let everyone know. We will be having a memorial service for Tyler at Salem Baptist Church in Sneads Ferry on February 15th at 6:00 PM. Tyler's family will be here and it is open to the community.
  • by marine mom Location: pennsylvania on Jan 23, 2009 at 03:20 PM
    dear heartbroken, there are families here for mr and mrs burnette and family. Go to non-combat deaths.org click on loved ones. Read what is out there. thank you. They are not alone,there is support if they need it.
  • by Heartbroken Location: Cookeville on Jan 19, 2009 at 11:33 AM
    Just so all you people know, I attended the funeral for Tyler. Now he rests in peace with god in Heaven. Heartbroken doesn't even begin to describe how terrible this event was. Just remember anyone involved will have to answer some day. I will be standing by the family with love and friendship as I have always done, and hope to help them through the grief. As you know...I will never believe the militarys version and I thank all of you who dont believe he could do this either.
  • by Coach M Location: Rocky Mount on Jan 19, 2009 at 01:30 AM
    RJ: Let me help Dwight with this one. I think he meant CORRUPTION. Come on man, you couldn't figure that out? And by the way, "people putting in 'there' thoughts" should be THEIR. Just thought I'd point that out as I see you are a grammer specialist. To the family of the fallen marine, I hope you find out the truth so this can be put to rest. God bless.
  • by marine mom Location: united states on Jan 18, 2009 at 10:47 AM
    The family needs to know they are not alone,there are other families in the same situation, they need to search the internet.The other families are told the same thing,ruled suicde right a way,and that the investigation will take time.They will take their time,thinking you will go away.Never give up, you know your son.
  • by Sheila Location: Duplin Co on Jan 18, 2009 at 05:58 AM
    I do not in any way believe that this man stabbed himself. I dont care what his last words were. This whole case reaks of murder!
  • by marine mom Location: untied staes on Jan 17, 2009 at 01:56 PM
    After reading some of these comments, I hope you guys never have to walk in their shoes. Seems the marine corps has a problem and doens't want to fix it. This young man tyler. Marines shouldn't get touhy,cause they know what goes on there at that base. My heart goes out to the paernts and I BELEIVE HE HAS A DAUGHTER,WHO WILL GROW UP WITH DADDY. The family needs our support not nit picking. You will hear all differents stories from the media. Keep his family in you prayers, stop the judging.
  • by pamela Location: georgia on Jan 14, 2009 at 06:21 PM
    my heart and prayers go out to the family,my son is from that base but is now in afghanistan,it is very hard to belive that a person could not do that to himself, may god be with your family
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