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Navy SEAL from Boardman accidentally shoots himself

Published: Fri, January 6, 2012 @ 12:08 a.m.

Staff report


A Navy SEAL who graduated from Boardman High School accidentally shot himself in the head shortly after 2 a.m. PST Thursday in his San Diego condo.

San Diego police declined to identify the victim, but The Vindicator’s broadcast partner, 21 WFMJ-TV, identified him as Geno Clayton, son of Clayton Heating and Cooling business owner Gene Clayton.

Police said Clayton was showing a gun to a female acquaintance he met in a nightclub, and to assure her the gun was not loaded, he placed it to his head and pulled the trigger.

Clayton was pronounced dead shortly after 3 a.m. but was placed on life support, where he remained Thursday night, police said.

Police also noted that a second male at the Pacific Beach condo was asleep and did not hear the gunshot. The evidence points to a “tragic accident,” police said.


1kensgirl(1036 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Very tragic. God bless the Clayton family at this very sad time. Gene, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

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2300(573 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

There's nothing "tragic" about this. Tragedy would've been if he had been killed trying help someone else.

This is pure stupidity.

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3cmhsgrad(2 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Once again in light of tragedy people need to learn to have compassion and sympathy. This situation is a tragedy, no matter how it happened.

Just remember we are all human and make spur of the moment choices that may not end as we want. This clearly was the case.

Keep the family in your prayers. May they find peace and comfort in the days and weeks ahead.

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4300(573 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

I do feel bad for the parents.

A kid on the Southside gets shot at 2 AM, this board in alive in posts about how he has nobody to blame but himself and Stan's "subculture."

A kid shoots himself in the head at 2 AM trying to impress a girl after drinking, and somehow this is supposed to be different? I feel bad for his parents, but there's nothing tragic about someone doing something that is pure stupidity and paying the price.

Just like the South side or East side kids who get shot at 2 AM, this is another case of someone with no personal responsibility.

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5joebag09(341 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

So sad! The first thing you learn about the handling of firearms is that you treat them ALL as if they were loaded and never mix alcohol with guns. So sad!

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6Katnell(1 comment)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

A loss to our military, our country, and mostly, his family and friends. IT IS a tragic accident and the harsh, negative comments are not appropriate and are quite cruel. Have a heart for this family who must be grieving immensely.

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7Bigben(1996 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

He didn't use common sense but it is still a tragedy.A tragedies happen all the time that involve one person .Your definition is poor.

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8300(573 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Got it! White=tragedy Black=gang banger

Glad we got this cleared up.

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9300(573 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

I can't wait to read about the next "tragedy" that involves a DUI driver who kills himself.

This PC stuff has to go.

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10smoke3ater(7 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Something doesn't add up. If he was pronounced dead, why then place him on life support? This man was a Navy SEAL....yet he didn't know how to properly clear a handgun?? I feel terrible for the family, no parent should ever have to bury their child, but if he was as trained as he was supposed to be, he absolutly should have known better. It is tragic he had to lose his life over a woman whom he just met at a bar.

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11nedia5(7 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Sad, I feel for the family. Not long ago (2001-2006) I was a young, single, Naval Officer living in Pacific Beach, the same town that this young man lived in. Nothing good goes on in that town. It is filled with bars and college kids. Nice place to get hammered and stumble home, but not a nice place if you are going to stumble home and play with a gun.

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12ohio1444(1 comment)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Shame on you people that feel no remorse for this tragedy. This young man was a very good person... this was an accident. He was a wonderful amazing kid and most of you are sitting on your computers trash talking. He died. No matter how, he's gone. It's very sad. You didn't know him... But I did. And to all of the others he was close with, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I pray to God we all find peace and comfort at this time. Live your lives to the fullest, every single day... Geno would want that.

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13Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago


You say this:

"Just like the South side or East side kids who get shot at 2 AM, this is another case of someone with no personal responsibility."

Then you say this:

"Got it! White=tragedy Black=gang banger"

So why not just say for both

Always got to be one in the crowd to bring in race, never fails.

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14kensgirl(1036 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

This would still be a tragedy no matter what color the victim is. Just to be a navy Seal in and of itself is a great honor. You are considered the best our country has to offer in our fight against the enemy. God bless the Clayton family. They are wonderful people and deserve the compassion and sympathy our community has to offer. Geno was not a thug. He worked hard and he deserves our admiration. A moment of bad judgement ended a promising career. May you rest in peace and thank you Geno for your service.

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15300(573 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Life, your ability to read between the lines is stellar.

I feel terrible for his parents. Losing a child is the worst thing that could possible happen to a family. I just see no point in glossing over the facts of what actually happened. He's not the soldier from PA who was just killed in Afghanistan. That was an example of a tragedy.

My point was that this was not tragic. This was an act of utter stupidity, and something that would be attributed to an idiot. Tragedy involves some innocence, and he has no one to blame but himself.

My other point was how this boards light up when the shooting victim is from the East or South side. However, in this case, Stan and his ilk are nowhere to found talking about the ignorance of the "subculture." I find that to be totally hypocritical.

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16hellokitty(161 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

The ignorance of the subculture has nothing to do with this tragedy, and the ignorance and greed for materialistic things that they do not want to work for by the subculture will continue to thrive in this lawless valley. What's your point, 300?

Sending prayers for the Clayton family...

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17johnholland(1 comment)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Darwin at work.

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18ysugirl08(3 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

@300-It is always a tragedy when a parent has to bury their child.

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19rocky14(816 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

booze + guns=?

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