A California father of two and a Navy veteran was shot and killed while driving to Uber early Friday morning.
Aaron Orozco, 38, picked up two male passengers and then stopped at a 7-Eleven in Lynwood, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
“During the initial investigation, officers learned that the victim worked as a carpool driver and had picked up two black adults,” the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release.
The Uber driver and two passengers got into a “physical altercation” in the 7-Eleven parking lot, according to police. Around 1:30 a.m. Friday, one of the passengers pulled out a gun and shot Orozco in the upper torso. The father of two was pronounced dead at the scene of the crime.
One of the suspects fled on foot and the other individual stole Orozco’s black Honda Accord. Police found the vehicle abandoned not far from the crime scene.
Both suspects are still at large. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. You can provide an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).
Orozco leaves behind his wife, Sandra Medina, a 9-year-old son, and a 3-year-old daughter.
Medina told KTTV, “It feels like I’m in a nightmare. It doesn’t feel real. I haven’t even told my kids yet, they still think daddy’s going to walk in the door.”
“I’m still in shock. I can’t believe this has happened to our family. I don’t know how to react right now, really. It’s very difficult,” the widow said.
“I just hope they find them because they created this chaos in my life and my family’s life,” Medina told KABC-TV. “And, you know, I don’t have my husband with me now. And, it’s changed my life a lot. So, I really hope they get caught.”
Orozco and Medina had been married for 10 years, but they were high school sweethearts.
While in the Marines, Orozco completed three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Orozco worked nights for Uber so he could take care of her children when she worked days as a nurse. He had been an Uber driver for four years.
Uber told Fox News in a statement: “Our hearts go out to Mr. Orozco Figueroa’s family as they deal with this unfathomable tragedy, and we have reached out to offer our condolences. We have banned the rider’s account and are working with the police in their investigation.”
Uber said the ride-sharing company’s public safety team was working with detectives to bring Orozco’s killer to justice.
7-Eleven is also working with police during their investigation.
A GoFundMe campaign was launched to provide financial support for Orozco’s family. The crowdfunding campaign had a goal of $20,000, but had raised $70,000 at the time of publication.
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