Marine Combat Veteran Allegedly Killed By Passenger While Driving For Uber in California

Combat Veteran Aaron Orozco, a Marine and father of two, was killed while driving for Uber in California on March 24th. Orozco was allegedly shot by his passenger.

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Orozco was the father of two small children, ages 3 and 9. People reports on the tragedy…

An Uber driver and married father of two from California was allegedly shot dead by his passenger, and two passengers allegedly stole his car and are still on the run, according to authorities and his family.

Loved ones have identified the victim as 38-year-old Aaron Orozco. According to a GoFundMe page launched to support his family, Orozco leaves behind his wife, Sandra, a 9-year-old son and a 3-year-old daughter.

The violent incident occurred around 1:30 a.m. on March 24, when Orozco was picking up a fare along Imperial Highway in Lynwood, according to a press release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

During the ride, Orozco stopped his car in the parking lot of a 7-Eleven.

“The victim and the two passengers were then involved in a physical altercation, at which time, one suspect produced an unknown firearm and shot the victim,” the release states.

The two male suspects then allegedly fled in Orozco’s car, police say, which was found abandoned a short distance away from the crime scene.

Orozco, who was shot in the upper torso, was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

How tragic to lose a combat Veteran in an altercation as such. To know Orozco valiantly served in combat only to have his life taken in an altercation in a 7/11 parking lot is heartbreaking.

Even worse is that he leaves behind a family. May he rest in peace, and may God be with his family in this difficult time.

Orozco reportedly fought in Iraq. Uber said the following about the death…

Our hearts are with Mr. Orozco Figueroa’s family as they cope with this unfathomable tragedy, and we have reached out to offer our condolences. We banned the rider’s account and are working with police on their investigation.


Perhaps, since Uber is such a large company with lobbying resources, Uber should pursue a promotion of concealed carry for their drivers as an added level of protection.

Make it easier for people to carry weapons so nobody ever loses their husband, or father again in an altercation like this.

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