Pfc. LaVena L. Johnson was a soldier in the United States Army when she was raped, set on fire, and murdered in Iraq on July 17, 2005 at the tender age of 19. When notified of her death the family was told the cause of death was a "Self-Inflicted Wound". Her father, Dr. John Johnson, knew his daughter would never take her own life and started to wonder what actually happened to LaVena. It wasn't until her body reached the mortuary in her hometown of St. Louis that he discovered the Army wasn't truthful to his family. Dr. Johnson found several inconsistencies that were not related to suicide. He, with other friends and family, started a preliminary investigation and uncovered more than they bargained for. Almost nine years later and he still is trying to seek justice for his daughter as well as help other families not go through what his family went through. Kenneth D. Price wrote a recent article, giving the story of LaVena's tragic death a breath of fresh air.
Kenneth D. Price recently wrote an article that gives the reader insight of the tragic death of Pfc. LaVena Johnson. The article can be found at the following link:
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