Teenage girl found dead, another found injured in Fort Lewis barracks

Feb 16, 2009 Full story: KOMO 20

A 16-year-old girl was found dead and another girl was found injured in the barracks on the Fort Lewis Army Base early Sunday morning, according to Army officials.

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Love and Light

Louisville, KY

#1 Feb 17, 2009
My heart goes out to their families.
wth

Glasgow, KY

#2 Feb 17, 2009
Where was the parents ?
PAW Ft Lewis

Seattle, WA

#4 Feb 17, 2009
This has been going on for years with underage and legal aged woman being in soldiers rooms with out authorization. If parents kept better tabs on their teenage daughters and whom they hung out with and the barracks(sp) doors were able to be watched a bit better proping doors open with rocks so they aren't locked this wouldn't have happened. There hasn't been one parent on the news speaking out on their daughters behalf. This is going to turn into a media frenzy and drag Fort Lewis through the mud once again. I am tired of the military looking like a bunch of slugs because someone in the civilian world wants a piece of a soldier to call their own. If these soldiers are responsible for this then they need to be made an example of and something more needs to be done to the barracks to keep underage girls out. This is insane.
military mom

Wayland, IA

#5 Feb 17, 2009
I have no doubt this will not be investigated or reported any further than minimally necessary. Has the media been informed about all the robberies taking place on Ft. Lewis, supposedly a safe military installation for the soldiers families and children? The housing management company had not even been informed of these breakins. Nor were other families in housing informed. My military kids found out when someone entered their home during the night while they and all of their children were in the house sleeping. A safe enviornment? If anyplace should be safe, it should be a military installation. My heart goes out to these girls and I'm angry beyond words at the security systems that should never have let this happen.
A sailor in the region

Virginia Beach, VA

#6 Feb 17, 2009
First I would like to take a moment to say, after reading the 4 comments before this one, it sounds like Ft. Lewis has huge issues. The installation that I work on I used to live on, and let me tell you the security here is top notch, I have never heard of a break-in or a burglary in the years that I have been here. I am also willing to bet a shiny dime that there will be some sort of sexual misconduct and drug and/or acohol relation to this crime, AND there is not a doubt in my mind there are a few soldiers involved. It is sad that have to think this about my military brethren, but this is what happens when our military recruiters are "just trying to meet the quota" so they do not get penalized for not doing so, so they make up for taking in crazies/addicts/immature kids to serve in the finest military in the world...can I still say that after this?
Grammar Police

Virginia Beach, VA

#7 Feb 17, 2009
wth wrote:
Where was the parents ?
Correction: Where were the parents?
Love and Light

Louisville, KY

#8 Feb 17, 2009
Grammar Police wrote:
<quoted text>
Correction: Where were the parents?
Thank you, Grammar Police! That was bugging me too.
Sunshine

Tacoma, WA

#9 Feb 17, 2009
Who the hell cares that they were underage. Point being, where the hell were the parents? Out at 3am on a Sunday night, I grew up at a military training base FTLW and you better be sure my parents kept tabs on me and I wasn't STUPID enough to go to a soldiers barracks. I'm sure they got drunk one drank too much died of alcohol poisoning, and the other just passed out because of it. But we ALL know its gonna turn into oh all soldiers are awful with no blame on the parents or the stupidity of their daughters! I don't feel sorry not one bit.
KHT

Yorba Linda, CA

#10 Feb 17, 2009
Are the Girls from families living on the base? If so, I can understand young teenagers sneaking around from time to time, we most of us did something naughty when we were younger with less no fears.
If the girls were brought in from off post how were they smuggled across through gate? in the trunk of a car? Were they allowed in traveling inside an auto with G.I.s? is this possiable! don't they all have to show I.D.'s and how do underage girls get passed through the gates while riding with G.I's or others, if not family members? These are just a few questions I have. And a huge Why has no one noticed or reported their children missing? Either on or off base!
It's Way past time we take responsiblity for our ownselfs and those children we are responsible for... Don't be so quick to pass the buck and blame to another. That being said, it really does put a huge question of security on a military base. what really did happened that caused the death of one and injury of another? what goes on that we are not being told and or accepting responsiblity for?
How can parents stop the tragedies to their children? How can the military prevent crimes right under their own roof?
Isn't it bad enough soilders die in war dailey for their country? Why kill each other at home it's craziness. these young people were not on a battle field or at war in that barracks, only hell of their own.
news

Lexington, KY

#11 Feb 17, 2009
does anyone have names of these soldiers?
rawr

Northridge, CA

#12 Feb 17, 2009
so many questions. very little answers.
Sunshine

Tacoma, WA

#13 Feb 17, 2009
The girls were from The Sound area is all they are saying. All it takes to get on base is a photo ID and someone who has a DOD ID to sponsor you. Now security at the barracks is tighter but GI's find ways around that by entering different doors then those by CQ, which monitors visitor information, on top of the fact that they have scheduled hours when visitors are allowed and no one below the age of 18 is allowed in the barracks unless they are a family member. Now either the girls were snuck in OR they had fake ID's which in either case. They were responsible just as much as the soldier.
KHT wrote:
Are the Girls from families living on the base? If so, I can understand young teenagers sneaking around from time to time, we most of us did something naughty when we were younger with less no fears.
If the girls were brought in from off post how were they smuggled across through gate? in the trunk of a car? Were they allowed in traveling inside an auto with G.I.s? is this possiable! don't they all have to show I.D.'s and how do underage girls get passed through the gates while riding with G.I's or others, if not family members? These are just a few questions I have. And a huge Why has no one noticed or reported their children missing? Either on or off base!
It's Way past time we take responsiblity for our ownselfs and those children we are responsible for... Don't be so quick to pass the buck and blame to another. That being said, it really does put a huge question of security on a military base. what really did happened that caused the death of one and injury of another? what goes on that we are not being told and or accepting responsiblity for?
How can parents stop the tragedies to their children? How can the military prevent crimes right under their own roof?
Isn't it bad enough soilders die in war dailey for their country? Why kill each other at home it's craziness. these young people were not on a battle field or at war in that barracks, only hell of their own.
Ranger

Puyallup, WA

#14 Feb 17, 2009
1. Where were the parents?
2. What do you expect from underage girls who dropped out of school?
3. What do you expect from JOE?

Final thought....Boys will be boys.
scott

Cincinnati, OH

#15 Feb 17, 2009
when i was 16, it was easy for me and my friends from high school to go onto Fort Campbell, KY and hang out with guys that were in the Army; we NEVER signed in at the CO desk.....yet all visitors to the barracks are suppose too....and yes, we drank alcohol and smoked weed with our friends which were soldiers.......if a high school girl was dating a soldier....and they wanted to be together.....they would find a way to sneak her into his barracks....it is in violation of the rules, but I know that it happens..probably on ALL bases from time to time
Light and Love

Louisville, KY

#16 Feb 18, 2009
I also grew up in an area around Ft. Campbell. I never went over there, but I did know of girls in high school who would meet up with young soldiers and then go back there.

Now as an adult, I find this whole practice rather nauseating.

Parents can be lied to.

Rebelious teenage girls will find a way to misbehave. They are too young and nieve to know better. Now one will never have the opportunity to see the error of her ways.
scott wrote:
when i was 16, it was easy for me and my friends from high school to go onto Fort Campbell, KY and hang out with guys that were in the Army; we NEVER signed in at the CO desk.....yet all visitors to the barracks are suppose too....and yes, we drank alcohol and smoked weed with our friends which were soldiers.......if a high school girl was dating a soldier....and they wanted to be together.....they would find a way to sneak her into his barracks....it is in violation of the rules, but I know that it happens..probably on ALL bases from time to time
CWO

Virginia Beach, VA

#17 Feb 18, 2009
scott wrote:
when i was 16, it was easy for me and my friends from high school to go onto Fort Campbell, KY and hang out with guys that were in the Army; we NEVER signed in at the CO desk.....yet all visitors to the barracks are suppose too....and yes, we drank alcohol and smoked weed with our friends which were soldiers.......if a high school girl was dating a soldier....and they wanted to be together.....they would find a way to sneak her into his barracks....it is in violation of the rules, but I know that it happens..probably on ALL bases from time to time
Try getting on Naval Base Kitsap or Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, or Norfolk Naval Shipyard...There is a significant amount of obstacles that you will need to get through. The Fence, the dogs, patrolling units, stationary gaurds, watchtowers, CCTV manned 24hrs, guns...and lots of them...
joey

Spanaway, WA

#18 Feb 21, 2009
i still cant beleive that the soldiers are the only one getting blamed, wh is it that this could happen outside the gates and nothing is said, why is it made such a big deal when it happens inside the gates, whats the diff? and no matter what if the parents did there job as parents then this wouldnt have happened, yes kids lie, but that were parents should know there children and know when they are lieing. i mean damn look at the girls profile on myspace, that right there tells me that the parents play no part in there life,,, and yes i agree that it could be the soldiers fault to, but i have been in for 10 years and i know that i have been lied to by girls who say they are 18 and really not be,, i have seen time and time again fake ids and othere stuff like that, all i can say is im sick of every one making a big deal out of somthing that happens every day outside post but never gets the attention that post dose,, so why is it that every one wants to make us as soldiers look bad, oh its because they are to much of pussys to pick up a rifle and stand beside me and fight for our country, they would just rather sit back and talk shit about us,,, that even goes for the damn news,,,, god all of you ppl that i fight for make me sick, it makes me wonder why i even loose the time with my kids and wife,, or my life for that matter when all i ever here is how wrong we are,,, for those who support us THANK YOU and for those who dont PLEASE IF YOU DONT LIKE OUR COUNTRY AND THOSE WHO FIGHT FOR IT, MOVE YOUR ASS OUT OF MY COUNTRY.,.
elizabeth

Fairburn, GA

#19 Feb 22, 2009
I had seen more raped deaths and suicides in the army than I had seen in my civi life.And these were in my own units.Anyone can get on post with an ID.Anyone.You don't have to have a soldier with you.I can count the multiple fucked up people with mental isssues.It's not just the soldiers fault though.the parents should have known where the girls were,but then again teenagers will be teenagers,.I don't know how many times I snuck out of the house as a kid.Also I rarley see any soldiers anymore with the moral they should have.A good soldier would have taken these girls home.Not sleep it off in their room,but there are lot of you 17 and 18 year olds in the army.Just kids themselves
Diamond Regan

Baltimore, MD

#20 Feb 25, 2009
This is anything but surprising to me. My husband and I were based on Fort Lewis for almost 3 years. Although we loved it out there and wouldnt mind going back, there was way too much activity. There are so many drugs available to those kids on post. There is alcohol 24/7 whether you are of age or not. Those that are on staff duty and CQ dont do their jobs! This was all bound to happen. There were many kids we knew out there that would SNEAK GIRLS ON POST IN THEIR TRUNKS!!! If the gate guards were to do their jobs and realize there was something funny going on....some of this could have been stopped. My heart goes out to this girl and her familt. Its sickening that all this is still going on....and that CID and the Army are just going to cover it up!
abc

Exeter, NH

#21 Mar 11, 2009
This needs to be leaked to the national press like nightline or 20/20. These 16-17 yr olds are still children. The military men should have known better. Put them in the brig for life or better yet if this fall under the felony murder rule execute them, that would put a damper on this kind of shit

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