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No motive in Coronado shooting that killed 2 Navy pilots

April 25, 2012 |  1:17 pm

Four bodies were found in the Coronado building at right on New Year's Day

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department has concluded its investigation into a New Year's Eve shooting in Coronado that left four dead without being able to confirm "a clear motive," officials  announced Wednesday.

After a night of celebrating at a local nightclub, Navy pilot John Reeves shot and killed his roommate, Navy pilot David Reis, Reis' sister Karen Elizabeth Reis and Matthew Saturley before committing suicide, investigators said.

Reeves used an M-1 rifle to fatally shoot Saturley and Karen Reis and then a pistol to fatally shoot David Reis as he ran to help Saturley and his sister, according to the investigators. He then killed himself.

The killings occurred in a Coronado apartment that Reeves and David Reis shared. Both were lieutenants stationed for training at Miramar Marine Corps Air Station with Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 101.

According to a statement released by the Sheriff's Department, Reeves "fired the only two firearms in the residence that were involved in this murder-suicide. The other firearms collected for testing had not been fired, nor had those firearms been removed from their storage locations."


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Photo: Four bodies were found in the Coronado building at right on New Year's Day. Credit: Gregory Bull / Associated Press