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One of Navy pilots slain in Coronado was a suicide, officials say

January 4, 2012 | 11:54 am

Photo: Pedestrians walk along Orange Avenue at Park Place in Coronado, near the scene where four people were found dead at a condominium early New Years Day. Credit: Howard Lipin / The San Diego Union-Tribune

One of two Navy pilots shot to death in Coronado early New Year's Day committed suicide, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday.

John Robert Reeves, 25, an F/A-18 pilot in training at Miramar Marine Corps Air Station, killed himself with a gunshot to the head, according to the Sheriff's Department.

The other three people killed -- Navy pilot David Reis, 25; his sister, Karen, 24; and Matthew Christopher Saturley, 31, of Chula Vista -- are listed as homicide victims.

The circumstances that led to the violence remain undisclosed.

Reeves and David Reis, both lieutenants junior grade, were roommates. Karen Reis worked at a San Diego grocery store and was a volleyball coach. No information has been disclosed about Saturley.

The four were found dead after neighbors called police to report hearing gunshots. Reeves' body was apparently found in the doorway of the apartment, the other three bodies were inside the apartment.

David Reis died from a gunshot to the torso, Karen Reis died from shots to the head and chest, and Saturley died from multiple gunshots, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

The investigation, including forensic analysis and witness interviews, is continuing and is expected to take weeks, the department said.

David Reis was from Bakersfield; Reeves was from Prince Frederick, Md. Reeves graduated from Pennsylvania State University, Reis graduated from the University of New Mexico. Karen Reis graduated from UC San Diego.

"Our condolences go out to the families, friends, fellow service members and Coronado community during this time of mourning," said Lt. Col. Robert Brodie, commanding officer of Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 101 at Miramar.

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-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: Pedestrians walk along Orange Avenue at Park Place in Coronado, near the scene where four people were found dead at a condominium early New Year's Day.

Credit: Howard Lipin / San Diego Union-Tribune

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