Camp Pendleton Marine Carlos Segovia-Lopez (courtesy photo)
Tuesday, September 19, a candlelight vigil was held for 19-year-old Camp Pendleton Marine Carlos Segovia-Lopez who was shot in the head, after leaving his girlfriends home in South L.A.
According to the police and witnesses, Segovia-Lopez was driving on 31st street when he was shot, causing him to lose control of the car.
Segovia-Lopez was found in the driver’s seat of a Dodge Charger, slumped over the steering wheel covered in blood. Police believe the individual responsible for the killing, was committing a crime and Segovia confronted the individual.
“He may have observed something suspicious at the time. Again, because of the goodness of his heart, he was killed,” LAPD Cmdr. Peter Whittingham said.
While members of the community gathered at a memorial for the marine in South L.A., Camp Pendleton paused to pay tribute to Segovia-Lopez.
“I know you’re going through a lot of pain and a lot of suffering right now,” Cmdr. Jeff Holt said during the assembly. “But we stand here today, shoulder-to-shoulder with you and we know that something unique is happening in Los Angeles right now. There’s a great moment of solidarity not just here in Camp Pendleton but in that great city. People are working together, and we’re counting on the Los Angeles Police Department to bring justice.”
The whereabouts of the gunman responsible for the killing is currently unknown. LAPD is encouraging anyone who may know anything about the killing to contact their department, callers can remain anonymous.
On September 21, Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson proposed a $50,000 reward for information regarding Segovia-Lopez’ death.
The City Council is said to approve the reward offer at an upcoming meeting.
Family members of Segovia-Lopez, are asking for help to cover the cost of the Marines death. To donate, visit https://www.gofundme.com/CarlosSegovia.