Naval Aviator John Reeves’ Motive in Triple Murder-Suicide Was Taken ‘to the Grave’ Investigators Conclude

Coronado Navy Pilot Ambushed Murder Victims

by Pauline Repard
UT San Diego, April 25, 2012

LTJG John R Reeves

CORONADO — A Navy pilot armed with a rifle and a pistol lay in wait upstairs for his roommate and two other people to enter a Coronado condominium on New Year’s Day, then he systematically shot and killed each one before killing himself, sheriff’s officials have concluded.

Homicide detectives ended a four-month investigation unable to confirm a clear motive for the murders committed by John Robert Reeves, they said Wednesday.

“Only one person knows the true motive — John Reeves — and he took that to the grave with him,” said sheriff’s homicide Capt. Duncan Fraser.

Naval aviator David Reis, 25, and his sister, Karen Reis, 24, were killed by John R. Reeves New Years day in Coronado Island.

Reeves, 25, a pilot in training at Miramar Marine Corps Air Station, went on the shooting rampage after a night celebrating the New Year in the Gaslamp Quarter with his roommate, fellow-pilot David Reis, 25, Reis’ sister, Karen Reis, 24, and another man whose name was never released by authorities.

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