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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(609 comments)posted 2 years, 8 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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2cmhsgrad(2 comments)posted 2 years, 8 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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3joebag09(252 comments)posted 2 years, 8 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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4Katnell(1 comment)posted 2 years, 8 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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5Bigben(1996 comments)posted 2 years, 8 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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6smoke3ater(7 comments)posted 2 years, 8 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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7nedia5(7 comments)posted 2 years, 8 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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8ohio1444(1 comment)posted 2 years, 8 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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9Lifes2Short(3877 comments)posted 2 years, 8 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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10kensgirl(609 comments)posted 2 years, 8 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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11hellokitty(161 comments)posted 2 years, 8 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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12johnholland(1 comment)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Darwin at work.

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13ysugirl08(3 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

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

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