City Council President Herb Wesson proposed a $50,000 reward Wednesday for information leading to the person who fatally shot a 19-year-old Marine in South Los Angeles.
Lance Cpl. Carlos Segovia-Lopez was found shortly after 11:30 p.m. Friday covered in blood and slumped over the steering wheel of a Dodge Charger in the 2100 block of 31st Street, according to Los Angeles police and witnesses. He was taken off life support Monday after doctors informed the family he could not be saved.
Police said the Marine was driving on 31st Street when an assailant shot him, causing him to lose control of the car and crash into a parked vehicle.
Segovia-Lopez left Camp Pendleton in San Diego County Friday and was visiting friends and family for the weekend in South Los Angeles, according to family friend Claudia Perez, with whom the Marine worked at a nonprofit agency that provides services to the homeless. He was struck by gunfire after leaving the home of his girlfriend.
Police said Segovia-Lopez had no gang connections, and it is unclear why he was shot. Anyone with information on the case was urged to call the LAPD. The City Council is expected to formally approve the reward offer at an upcoming meeting.
Meanwhile, hundreds of Marines at Camp Pendleton paused today to pay tribute the fallen Marine and offer support to his family.
“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.”
–City News Service
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