Marine and USC Troy Camp volunteer Carlos Segovia died Monday night, according to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner. The 19-year-old was shot in South Los Angeles on Friday.
Segovia was on leave from Camp Pendleton visiting his girlfriend in South Los Angeles, when he was shot in the head while in his vehicle, according to the City News Service. He was found at 11:35 p.m. on Friday and rushed to Dignity Health California Hospital Medical Center to receive emergency care. He was on life support over the weekend.
The Los Angeles Police Department was not willing to comment on the ongoing investigation without an update from their detectives.
According to an event on Facebook, over 300 people will be attending a candlelight vigil Tuesday supporting Segovia's family and raising awareness to help find the individual responsible. The event is organized by Los Angeles On Cloud 9 (LAC9), a volunteer organization founded by Claudia Perez, who has been posting about Segovia's death on Facebook and is apparently close with his family.
Segovia was active in community service and outreach and volunteered for both LAC9 and USC's Troy Camp, a student-run philanthropy organization that serves the community around USC, including the area in which Segovia was shot.
According to a statement released by Troy Camp, Segovia was a part the organization's programming for nine years. He started attending as a camper in third grade and later participated in leadership programs for both middle and high school students, and throughout his time there was beloved by all. In the statement, Troy Camp counselor Devra Triaman says:
"Carlos is a fighter: he fights to achieve his goals, he fights for what is right, he fights to overcome every obstacle that has been laid at his feet since he was small, and we pray that he will continue to fight, in the manner in which he as always done, to preserve the life of beauty he has created for himself and those lucky enough to know him."
The statement urges both local and USC communities to gather in support around Segovia's family and links to a crowdfunding campaign that has already raised $2,700 in support of Segovia and his family.
Perez and other members of LAC9 have been vocal on social media about raising awareness of Segovia's shooting. In a Facebook post, Perez says that "All the prayers in the world are needed right now. He's my son, he's my adopted piece of my heart," and calls for prayers on Segovia's behalf.
Laurie Mitchell, who works with LAC9, asked that awareness of the vigil be spread as the police lack any suspects at this time. "The more exposure the better! We need these cowards found and brought to justice!" Mitchell wrote.
Mitchell also cautioned those attending the vigil to avoid wearing red and blue due to the known issue of gang violence in the area.
This story was originally posted at 6:30 p.m. PT on 9/19/16, and was updated at 1:45 p.m. PT on 9/20/16 to reflect Carlos Segovia's death and correct a misrepresentation of the relationship between Claudia Perez and Segovia.