U.S. Marine Shot On Weekend Leave Dies 3 Days Later In Hospital
A Camp Pendleton Marine who was shot in the head last weekend while visiting friends and family died Monday night three days after being shot.
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According to the Los Angeles County medical examiner-coroner, Carlos Segovia, 19, died around 8:00 pm at the Dignity Health California Hospital Medical Center.
According to Los Angeles police Carlos Segovia was shot once in the back of the head while sitting in his car late Friday night around 11:30 pm. A vehicle pulled up to Segovia’s Dodge Charger and opened fire on him.
Doctors said on Sunday that his wounds to his brain were irreversible and that he was brain dead.
Family friend, Claudia Perez told the LA Times that Segovia left the military base for weekend leave so that he could visit family and friends in South L.A. Segovia finished visiting his girlfriend and then was on his way to Perez’ house when he was shot. According to authorities, he was not in uniform at the time.
Around 11:35 pm, Segovia was found unconscious in his Dodge Charger.
A vigil was held for Segovia on Tuesday night at the site of the shooting. Camp Pendleton and the School of Infantry held a memorial service after his passing.
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According to police, no one has been identified as the shooter. He has no connections to gangs that would make him a target for violence. His family is urging people to help find who was responsible for the shooting.
Roughly six months ago, after finishing high school, Segovia joined the Marine Corps.
Before joining the Marine Corps, Segovia was heavily involved in community service work and volunteering. He provided services for homeless people and teenagers that were in high school.
He held the rank of lance corporal and was assigned at the student reconnaissance training company. While serving, he earned the National Defense Service Medal and certificate of commendation.