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LOCAL NEWS: Recent recruit charged at Fort Lewis in stabbing death of Iraq vet

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The News Tribune (Tacoma, WA) reported Friday that military authorities have charged a soldier with the premeditated murder of a fellow soldier at Fort Lewis.[1]  --  The Seattle Times noted that Pvt. Anthony Cruse, the accused, joined the Army last November and arrived at Fort Lewis in March.[2]  --  Both the 19-year-old Cruse and the 22-year-old victim were assigned to the 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, a new Stryker brigade being developed there.  --  Only a year ago, Cruse was playing on the Licking (Missouri) High School Wildcats basketball team.  --  AP reported that the victim, Pvt. Timothy W. Crislip, of Elmhurst, Illinois, was the veteran of a year's service in Iraq, ending in April 2006 (a fact the News Tribune omitted in its report).[3]  --  AP also reported that Crislip was a graduate of Timothy Christian High School in Elmhurst, Illinois.  --  His grieving mother said that "He loved worshipping Jesus."  --  The News-Leader (Springfield, MO) reported that "Crislip was found about 4:30 a.m. [on Fri., Jun. 15,] outside a barracks building on post.  He died about 5:00 a.m. at Madigan Army Medical Center on post.  An investigation by Criminal Investigation Command found that Crislip died from a stab wound to the neck."[4]  --  His mother, Linda Crislip, told the Chicago Tribune that her son was "passionate and headstrong."[5]  --  A Chicago television station posted a photo of Pvt. Crislip.[6]  --  The Argus Press Spectator (Elmhurst, IL) reported that Crislip was a changed man since returning from Iraq:  "The sound of rocket fire had damaged his hearing slightly . . . and his hands and arms had become strong from restraining insurgents."[7]  --  The Seattle Times said Tuesday that it was "a mortar attack" that had damaged Crislip's hearing, and added that he had a twin sister and a 19-year-old brother.[8]  --  KOMO in Seattle posted a photograph, presumably of Pvt. Anthony Cruse but without attribution or caption, on its web site.[9]  --  The town of Licking (pop. 1,741) is in southeastern Missouri, in the Ozarks, between Springfield and St. Louis.  --  Elmhurst, Illinois, is a suburb of Chicago about three miles from O'Hare International Airport.  --  In July 2005, Spc. Brandon Bare, another 19-year-old Fort Lewis soldier was involved in a knife killing; he was later found guilty of stabbing to death in their apartment on the base his 18-year-old wife, Nabila.  --  For that particularly gruesome and troubling murder, Bare was sentenced to life in prison in May 2006....


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SOLDIER HELD IN STABBING CHARGED WITH PREMEDITATED MURDER
By Mike Gilbert

News Tribune (Tacoma, WA)
June 22, 2007

http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/military/story/93382.html

Commanders have charged a Fort Lewis soldier with premeditated murder in connection with last week’s stabbing death of another soldier on post, Fort Lewis announced Thursday.

Pvt. Anthony Cruse, 19, from Licking, Mo., has been in custody at the post’s Regional Corrections Facility following his arrest a few hours after the stabbing. He was formally charged with the crime Wednesday.

Pvt. Timothy W. Crislip, 22, of Elmhurst, Ill., died June 15 after police found him injured outside a North Fort Lewis barracks. Witnesses led investigators to Cruse, officials said.

Crislip died at Madigan Army Medical Center of a stab wound to the neck, according to the Fort Lewis news release Thursday.

Cruse joined the Army last November and arrived at Fort Lewis in March. He is assigned to the 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division.

Officials have offered no motive for the slaying and said the investigation is continuing.

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FORT LEWIS SOLDIER CHARGED WITH MURDER

Seattle Times
June 22, 2007

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2003759353_websoldierstabbed22m.html

FORT LEWIS -- Army authorities have charged a soldier with murder in the stabbing death of another soldier last week at this base south of Tacoma.

Pvt. Anthony Cruse, 19, of Licking, Mo., is accused of killing 22-year-old Pvt. Timothy W. Crislip of Elmhurst, Ill., June 15 outside a barracks.

Officials have suggested no motive for the stabbing. Cruse was arrested a few hours afterward and was formally charged with premeditated murder Wednesday.

Cruse joined the Army last November and arrived at Fort Lewis in March. He is assigned to the 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, a new Stryker brigade being developed here.

Crislip joined the Army in 2003 and had previously been assigned to Fort Campbell in Kentucky and Fort Jackson, S.C., before coming to Fort Lewis last April. He was also assigned to the 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division.

Crislip served a year in Iraq ending in April 2006 with Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 44th Air Defense Battalion at Fort Campbell.

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FORT LEWIS SOLDIER STABBED TO DEATH IS 22-YEAR-OLD FROM ELMHURST

Associated Press
June 18, 2007

http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=local&id=5399706

Army officials identified a Stryker brigade soldier stabbed to death last week as Pvt. Timothy W. Crislip of Elmhurst, Ill., whose mother described him Monday as "an awesome young man."

Crislip died at Madigan Army Medical Center on Friday after being "stabbed by another soldier," Fort Lewis said in a news release. The other soldier was taken into custody but was not identified Monday.

Military police and the Army's criminal investigation division were reviewing the case. Additional details, including a motive, were not immediately available.

Crislip, 22, joined the Army on Aug. 12, 2003, a few months after graduating from Timothy Christian High School in Elmhurst.

He'd previously been assigned to Fort Campbell in Kentucky and Fort Jackson, S.C., before coming to Fort Lewis in April 2007.

"He had a heart of gold," said his mother, Linda Crislip, who lives in Crest Hill, Ill. "He loved easily." She received the news of her son's death Friday.

Timothy Crislip served a year in Iraq ending in April 2006 with Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 44th Air Defense Battalion at Fort Campbell.

He was currently a member of Company B, 402nd Brigade Support Battalion, 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, a new Stryker brigade being developed at Fort Lewis, a post south of Tacoma.

"He was an awesome young man. He loved music. He loved to play his guitars," his mother said. "He loved to sing. He loved worshipping Jesus."

Funeral arrangements were pending Monday evening.

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Ozarks

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LICKING SOLDIER CHARGED WITH MURDER IN CUSTODY AT FORT LEWIS
By Jaime Baranyai

News-Leader (Springfield, MO)
June 24, 2007

http://www.news-leader.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070624/NEWS01/706240400

The soldier from Licking charged with murder in the stabbing death of another soldier last week at Fort Lewis in Washington is in confinement at the Fort Lewis Regional Correctional Facility, according to a news release from the fort.

Pvt. Anthony Cruse, 19, is accused of killing Pvt. Timothy W. Crislip, 22, of Elmhurst, Ill., on June 15, outside a barracks.

Crislip was found about 4:30 a.m. that day outside a barracks building on post. He died about 5 a.m. at Madigan Army Medical Center on post. An investigation by Criminal Investigation Command found that Crislip died from a stab wound to the neck.

Cruse was arrested a few hours afterward and was formally charged with premeditated murder Wednesday. Officials have not suggested a motive for the stabbing. Special agents from the Criminal Investigation Command continue to investigate the incident.

Cruse attended Licking High School and played on the school's basketball team. He joined the Army in November and reported to Fort Lewis in March after completing initial entry training as an infantryman at Fort Benning, Ga. Cruse is assigned to 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division.

Crislip joined the Army in 2003 and had previously been assigned to Fort Campbell, Ky., and Fort Jackson, S.C., before coming to Fort Lewis in April 2006. He was assigned to B Company, 402nd Brigade Support Battalion, 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, according to a news release from Fort Lewis.

Crislip served a year in Iraq ending in April 2006 with Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 44th Air Defense Battalion at Fort Campbell.

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ELMHURST SOLDIER KILLED NEAR BASE

** Fellow soldier held in stabbing death **

Associated Press/Chicago Tribune
June 19, 2007

FT. LEWIS, Wash. -- An Elmhurst soldier was stabbed to death outside barracks last week by another soldier, who is in custody, Army officials said Monday.

Pvt. Timothy W. Crislip, described by his mother as passionate and headstrong, died Friday at Madigan Army Medical Center, according to a Ft. Lewis news release. The soldier arrested in Crislip's death was not identified Monday.

Linda Crislip of Crest Hill said the military had given her few details of what happened. "They promised me they would tell me when the time was right," she said.

Military police and the Army's criminal investigation division were reviewing the case. Crislip, 22, joined the Army on Aug. 12, 2003, a few months after graduating from Timothy Christian High School in Elmhurst. He previously had been assigned to Ft. Campbell in Kentucky and Ft. Jackson, S.C., before coming to Ft. Lewis in April.

"He had a heart of gold," said his mother. "He loved easily." She said he wasn't a fighter, but not meek either. "He stood up for what was right. If he thought he was in the right, he said his piece," she said.

Timothy Crislip served a year in Iraq ending in April 2006 with Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 44th Air Defense Battalion at Ft. Campbell.

He was currently a member of Company B, 402nd Brigade Support Battalion, 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, a new Stryker brigade being developed at Ft. Lewis, a post south of Tacoma.

Funeral arrangements were pending.

--Tribune staff reporter Josh Noel contributed to this story

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LOCAL SOLDIER FATALLY STABBED BY FELLOW COMBATANT

** 22-Year-Old Elmhurst Man Dies While Stationed In Washington **

NBC5 (WMAQ TV -- Chicago)
June 19, 2007

http://www.nbc5.com/news/13528132/detail.html

[PHOTO]

CHICAGO -- A 22-year-old soldier who was fatally stabbed by another soldier has been identified by the U.S. Army as Pvt. Timothy W. Crislip, of Elmhurst.

He died at Madigan Army Medical Center on Friday, according to a Fort Lewis news release. The other soldier was taken into custody but was not identified Monday.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that military police and the Army's criminal investigation division are reviewing the case and that a motive was unknown.

Crislip's mother described her son as "an awesome young man."

According to the Sun-Times report, Crislip joined the Army in 2003, shortly after graduating from Timothy Christian High School in Elmhurst.

He was stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash., since April 2007. Prior to that, he had been assigned to Fort Campbell in Kentucky and Fort Jackson in South Carolina.

“He loved . . . he loved easily. He had a big heart,” said his mother, Linda Crislip, who lives in Crest Hill, Ill.

The Daily Herald reported that the soldier was home at Easter and stayed through the end of April. His mother said he loved music and played the guitar and trombone and also loved to sing.

“He was a great guy, a good friend, and he stood up for what was right,” she said.

Crislip received the news of her son's death on Friday.

Timothy Crislip served a year in Iraq ending in April 2006 with Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 44th Air Defense Battalion at Fort Campbell.

He was most recently a member of Company B, 402nd Brigade Support Battalion, 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, a new Stryker brigade being developed at Fort Lewis, a post south of Tacoma.

"He was an awesome young man. He loved music. He loved to play his guitars,'' his mother said. "He loved to sing. He loved worshipping Jesus."

Funeral arrangements were pending Monday evening.

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IRAQ WAR VET STABBED TO DEATH IN WASHINGTON STATE
By Joe Cressman

Argus Press Spectator (Elmhurst, IL)
June 19, 2007

http://www.chicagosuburbannews.com/elmhurst/homepage/x398631781

When he returned from Iraq last year, U.S. Army Pvt. Tim Crislip was not the same kid who once sat in Scott Roelofs’ classroom at Timothy Christian High School.

He was still friendly and outgoing, often inclined to laugh at a good joke.

And yet Crislip was different, too. The sound of rocket fire had damaged his hearing slightly, Roelofs recalled, and his hands and arms had become strong from restraining insurgents.

“He had grown up. I thought he was still the same kid, but now he was a man,” said Roelofs, who taught Crislip as both a freshman and senior.

Crislip, a 2003 graduate of Timothy Christian, was stabbed by another soldier early Friday, June 15, morning outside his barracks at Fort Lewis, Wash., according to a news release. He later died at Madigan Army Medical Center.

Fort Lewis’ military police and the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command have the suspect in custody and continue to investigate the homicide, the release stated.

Funeral arrangements for the 22-year-old are pending, said his mother, Linda Crislip of Crest Hill. Military officials have not provided her with any more information regarding the incident, she said.

“I’m having patience,” said Linda, who lived with her son near Timothy Christian from 2000 to 2004. “I’m OK. I know things don’t move quickly like they do on ‘Law and Order.’”

Crislip was the kind of guy who wasn’t afraid to take a stand, she said.

“He had a big heart and he stood up for what he felt was right,” Linda said.

He loved to play the guitar and sing. He also played the trombone in Timothy Christian’s band and was involved in the school’s drama productions.

“Music was his biggest hobby,” Linda said. “He loved being on praise teams at churches.”

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ARMY IDENTIFIES FORT LEWIS STABBING VICTIM

Seattle Times
June 19, 2007

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2003753385_soldierstabbed19m.html

FORT LEWIS -- Army officials on Monday identified a Stryker brigade soldier stabbed to death last week as Pvt. Timothy W. Crislip, of Elmhurst, Ill.

Crislip died at Madigan Army Medical Center on Friday after being stabbed by another soldier, Fort Lewis said in a news release. The other soldier was taken into custody but was not identified Monday.

Military police and the Army's criminal-investigation division were reviewing the case. Additional details, including a motive, were not immediately available.

Crislip, 22, joined the Army on Aug. 12, 2003. He'd previously been assigned to Fort Campbell in Kentucky and Fort Jackson, S.C., before coming to Fort Lewis in April 2007.

The young man served a year in Iraq ending in April 2006 with Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 44th Air Defense Battalion at Fort Campbell. He was wounded there in a mortar attack, suffering a loss of hearing in one ear, according to his mother, Linda Crislip.

Linda Crislip said her son loved playing the guitar, singing and "worshipping the Lord." He attended a Christian high school, and he joined the Army after graduation.

"Our community here in Illinois is so heartbroken over this senseless death of a dear young man," said Sandy Roelofs, a family friend.

Crislip recently had signed up for three more years of Army service, according to Linda Crislip. He was a member of Company B, 402nd Brigade Support Battalion, 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, a new Stryker brigade being developed at Fort Lewis.

Linda Crislip said she had no additional information about the circumstances surrounding her son's death, and that he had seemed happy to be at Fort Lewis.

She said her son is survived by a twin sister and a 19-year-old brother.

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FORT LEWIS SOLDIER CHARGED IN STABBING DEATH OF FELLOW SOLDIER

KOMO TV (Seattle, WA)
June 21, 2007

http://www.komotv.com/news/8120002.html

FORT LEWIS -- A soldier has been charged with premeditated murder in the death of Pvt. Timothy Crislip on June 15, 2007. Pvt. Anthony Cruse is being held at the Fort Lewis Regional Corrections Facility.

An investigation revealed that Crislip died from a stab wound to the neck.

Cruse, 19, from Licking, Mo., is assigned to the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division.

Cruse has been in the military since November 2006 and reported to Fort Lewis last March.

The investigation is ongoing.


 

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