The hunt for the killer of a 19-year-old U.S. Marine, who was fatally shot in Jefferson Park last weekend, now includes a $50,000 reward for information leading to the collar and conviction of a suspect.

Carlos Segovia-Lopez was found slumped over the wheel of his Dodge Charger at 31st Street and St. Andrews Place about 11:30 p.m. Sept. 16, police said. The lance corporal was based at Camp Pendleton in San Diego County and had been visiting a friend before the attack, they said.

L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson proposed the reward and today the body approved it. “The Los Angeles Police Department is diligently investigating the matter and worked with Wesson to post a reward encouraging members of the public to provide information on the identity of the individual responsible for this horrendous crime,” according to a statement from his office.

Authorities say the victim might have confronted someone near his car when he was shot. “It is very possible that he might have seen some suspicious activity or even a crime in progress, and it appears to us that something happened in that instant where he was killed,” LAPD Capt. Peter Whittingham told reporters today.

Segovia-Lopez volunteered to help the homeless when he had the time, friends and family said. He had been visiting his girlfriend, who lived near the intersection where he was found, that Friday night and had planned to visit other friends in Los Angeles last weekend, according to multiple reports.

The neighborhood has recently been described as one of the hottest real estate communities in the city. But it's still claimed by gangs, including the Rollin' 20s. So far, cops haven't found any gang ties to the case.

“In spite of all our best efforts, we have not yet located any evidence, witness, video that would lead us in a direction as to who is responsible for this senseless act,” LAPD's Whittingham.

Anyone with information on the case can call police at 213-485-2582.

LA Weekly