Soldier gunned down while on leave in California

A US Army Soldier was killed in the California town Lompoc early Sunday morning, sending a shockwave through the community.

Marlon Brumfield, who was home on leave from Germany, was visiting family when he was fatally shot while walking down the street this weekend.

Tied deeply to the community, Brumfield attended El Puente Community School and Hancock College.

According to the Santa Maria Times, Lompoc Police responded to the scene, and Brumfield was pronounced dead on site.

Lompoc Mayor Jenelle Osborne released a statement on Sunday afternoon, addressing the loss and the state of affairs of the city in terms of crime.

“I am deeply saddened by the loss of Marlon Brumfield. Marlon’s life impacted Lompoc and the entire country, given his mission to serve,” Osborne said in her statement. “I am very concerned about the rise in crime and am committed to building a safer Lompoc. Marlon’s death must not be in vain but part of the demand for change.”

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