House May Hold Clues to Marine Wife’s Death


Kristina Davis
San Diego Union-Tribune
April 21, 2012

Clues to the killing of a young military wife may reside in a pale yellow Fallbrook Street house in need of a fresh coat of paint.

That’s where 25-year-old Jessica Lynn Lopez, a caretaker for the elderly, and 45-year-old Louis Ray Perez, a Camp Pendleton Marine with a self-described appetite for sadomasochism and bondage, have both lived, along with Perez’s “sex slave,” who owns the Fallbrook home.

And that’s where homicide investigators have scoured for evidence during two middle-of-the night searches, hunting for answers as to how and why Brittany Dawn Killgore ended up in a roadside ditch in Riverside County last week.

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Additional Reporting on this story can be found at the links below:

Brittany Kilgore Suspect’s Suicide Note Led Investigators to Her Body

Marine Connected to Missing Brittany Kilgore

Last Person Seen With Brittany Kilgore Found With Stolen Assault Rifle

Afghanistan Stories:
Written at Risk, Edited With Care



Karla Peterson
The San Diego Union-Tribune
May 28, 2011

From her condo in North County, local writer Barbara Field can look into the corners of Afghanistan that don’t always see the light of our news-cycle day.

Like many of us in this military town, Field thought she had absorbed enough images and information to give her a clear mental picture of this war-wrenched country. Then she began hearing from the women who live there, and a whole new universe came into focus.

Field is a volunteer with the Afghan Women’s Writing Project, which pairs women in Afghanistan with female mentors in the United States for online writing workshops.

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Visit the web site of the Afghan Women’s Writing Project, here.

Navy Brass Targets Hike in Sexual Assaults


Jeanette Steele
San Diego Union-Tribune
July 3, 2010

The Navy’s top brass wants commanders to “get uncomfortable” about sexual assaults, which are happening at the rate of more than one a day and to one in five female sailors during her career — mostly at the hands of other shipmates.

“A lot of it is blue on blue, sailor on sailor,” the Navy’s No. 2 officer, Vice Chief of Naval Operations Jonathan Greenert, said during a recent speech in San Diego.

“In your Navy and my Navy, that’s, to me, totally unsatisfactory. I have a problem even talking about it. It gets me irritated,” he said.

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Additional Information:

Statement of Admiral Michael G. Mullen, U.S. Navy Vice Chief of Naval Operations before the Subcommittee on Personnel of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Sexual Assault in the Armed Forces, February 25, 2004