LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A San Fernando Valley high school is set to honor a young Marine who was murdered in his own barracks at Camp Pendleton.

marine e1320943398776 Canoga Park Students, Teachers To Honor Marine Killed At Camp Pendleton

Mario Arias Jr. (CBS)

Friends and family will remember Lance Corporal Maria Arias Jr., 19, as a model student at Canoga Park High School.

He was found dead in his bed at Camp Pendleton on Sunday.

Arias was reportedly assaulted by a fellow Marine after he tried to confront him about his alcohol abuse — an act of bravery that comes as no surprise to one of his fellow teachers.

“The fact that he would try to help someone makes sense,” said Valerie Olenick, Arias’ former yearbook teacher. “The fact that someone would hurt him didn’t make sense.”

“I don’t understand, it’s really hard to think of why someone would just snatch his life away,” said friend Felipe Romero.

Arias participated in last year’s annual Veteran’s Day ceremony at Canoga Park High School. This year, his classmates and teachers will be honoring him at the event.

Comments (2)
  1. Joe says:

    May the murderer of this fine gentleman and marine be placed behind bars for the rest of his senseless life.

    Lance Corporal Arias needs to be given a medal for bravery because he stood for discipline, honor and good principles. The U.S. marines needs more men like Corporal Arias.

  2. Dorothy says:

    My deepest condolences to his family, from a marine mom to another. This is unbelievable that something like this can happen on base. My son is also a Marine at Camp Pendleton and expressed concern over the heavy drinking that goes on in the barracks. This is something that should not be allowed to happen. There are several Marines that are placed in barracks that are the few with honor, discipline and good principles that should never be placed with others that have drinking problems. There are a few bases that don’t allow this type of behavior. Your son was one of the few, the proud, a marine.

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