>> A crime scene fueling tension over the U.S. presence in Japan. Flowers mark the place where the body of 20 year old Rina Shimabukuro was found. A civilian employee of the U.S. Marine Corp base charged with her murder. Among the mourners, Australian Catherine Fisher. She was raped by a U.S. Marine in Japan in 2002.
>> It's so uncomfortable to be here.>> I just feel like she didn't have to die.>> Many local people in Okinawa associate the base with crime. In an effort to defuse tension, the base commander, Lieutenant General Nicholson, stressed the suspect is a civilian.>> There's not an American way to look at this.
There's not an Okinawan way to look at it. We're all angry. I mean we are angry. I think everyone here who wears this uniform, wears any uniform, I think it was a gut punch for us. Almost you're in denial. There's no way one of us could do that.
>> Nicholson said the U.S. may hand the 10,000 acre site back to Japanese control as early as next year. Around 50,000 U.S. nationals live in Okinawa, an unfair burden according to many local residents.