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19-Year-Old Marine Shot In South L.A. Has Died

Carlos Segovia (Via Justice for Carlos Candlelight Vigil/Facebook)
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Carlos Segovia, a 19-year-old Marine, died Monday night after being shot in South L.A. over the weekend, reports the L.A. Times.

Segovia was found at 11:35 p.m. Friday slumped over and unconscious in his Dodge Charger. His car was discovered by the 2100 block of 31st Street in South L.A.. According to ABC 7, police say that Segovia was at a stop sign when another vehicle pulled up and a suspect (or suspects) shot him once in the head. He was later transported to a hospital and put on life-support. Officials had said that he had almost no brain activity and did not expect him to recover.

According to the Times, Segovia had left Camp Pendleton earlier that same Friday. He had planned to visit with friends and family. He made a stop at his girlfriend's house first, then began driving over to the house of Claudia Perez, a family friend. Perez said that Segovia had texted her son to say he was bringing over a pizza. But that was the last they'd heard from him.

Police said that Segovia has no connections to gangs, and that he had no associations that would have linked him to violence.

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Segovia and his mother, both U.S. citizens, had immigrated from El Salvador. Segovia had joined the Marines six months ago.

LAPD officer Drake Madison told LAist that, currently, no new information is being released about the investigation. "Sometimes, when it comes to homicides, the detectives may be following fresh leads and they can't release any information, because it may hinder the case,"said Madison.

The Times notes that Segovia has had a history of working with volunteer organizations. He'd led a youth group called Teen Project, and had worked with LA on Cloud 9, which provides homeless services. A candlelight vigil will be held for Segovia on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. by the corner of 31st and St. Andrews, where Segovia was shot. The Facebook page for the vigil said:

Carlos is a young man who started with [LA on Cloud 9] as a teen who helped develop the Teen Project program, and provided countless support to our homeless community through Street Team Soldiers and our MacArthur Park community picnics. We were fortunate to witness Carlos become a fine young man who graduated from the Marine camp earlier this year and started his service with the US Marines.

An online fundraiser was started by friends to help his family cover any costs.