Kane’ohe Marine found dead in a friend’s house in Kalihi

The Honolulu Star Advertiser reports that a 20-year-old Marine was found dead Saturday at a friends home in Kalihi:

Lance Cpl. Samuel Johnson of North Logan, Utah, was discovered unresponsive and pronounced dead by first responders, Marine Corps officials said.

“All we know is he went to a friend’s house and the friends went to the beach and they came back and he was dead,” said the Marine’s father, Rex Johnson.

Honolulu police report that Johnson’s death did not appear suspicious.  However, Johnson’s father suggests that he may have been emotionally distraught:

Samuel Johnson was a field artilleryman with the 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment. He deployed to Japan, came back in March and got married, but the relationship didn’t work out, his father said.

“I know he’s been down a little bit, but he seemed to be recovering,” Rex Johnson said. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is investigating the death.


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