Days after a 21-year-old Marine was found fatally shot in a vehicle in the middle of a Lemon Grove street, sheriff’s investigators are offering a reward of up to $1,000 for more information in his death.
Deputies patrolling the area found Christopher Truax Jr. suffering from at least one gunshot wound inside a vehicle stopped on Pacific Avenue near West Street about 12:30 a.m. Friday, sheriff’s Lt. Rich Williams said.
A woman was also in the vehicle. She was not injured.
Williams said the two knew each other and that she was a witness to the incident, but wouldn’t elaborate.
Fire crews attempted to save Truax, but he succumbed to his injuries before he could be taken to a hospital.
Truax, who was from New York, was married and had an infant son.
His wife, Alexia, posted photos and videos of the couple on her Facebook page. “My heart hurts so much and it kills me to know I will never be able to hear your voice again. I’m so speechless,” she said in one post.
Truax was a food service specialist assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron 373. He joined the Marine Corps in July 2014 and had previously deployed with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
“We join Sergeant Christopher Truax’s family in mourning the loss of a loved one,” Marine Lt. Col. James Bauch, commanding officer of MWSS 373, said in a statement. “He was a valued brother-in-arms to all who served with him and will be missed. We wish them comfort as they navigate the difficult days ahead.”
Truax previously deployed with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit and his personal awards included the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
Anyone with information about the killing was asked to call detectives at (858) 285-6330 or after hours at (858) 565-5200.
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