From Addicting Info: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/03/16/soldier-allegedly-murdered-for-being-an-atheist/
March 16, 2012
The remains of US Army Specialist Jose Ramirez, missing since 2007, were found early last month near Petrolia, TX. Authorities believe he was killed shortly after he went missing. From the Associated Press:
According to a criminal complaint, authorities found bullet holes in a bedroom wall and blood stains in a hallway. A day later, they searched the area around the home and found a human skull with bullet marks as well as a pair of shorts with the word “Army,” the complaint said.
Authorities charged 30-year-old Justin Green with first-degree murder in February. Green, who once lived in the home where the bullet holes were found, remains in jail on $1 million bond and will appear in court Monday. His attorney did not return a phone message.
Brittany Green (the defendant’s sister) allegedly told authorities that her brother said he had shot Ramirez twice because he “did not believe in God and alleged that Ramirez reached for a gun,” the complaint said. Terri Green helped her son move Ramirez’s body from the home’s garage to the shallow grave, the complaint said.
In a somewhat related story, atheists in the military have organized a concert called, “Rock Beyond Belief,” on March 31st at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. The event, according to organizers, “will highlight ”free thought” — atheism, humanism and skepticism — on a U.S. military base and will lead to broader recognition and support of non believers in the armed forces, where they say they receive little support and often discrimination from an overly Christianized military.”