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Police continue to search for second suspect in fallen soldier killing

Posted at 4:34 PM, Oct 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-08 22:04:21-04

Tuesday marks once month since Marlon Brumfield was shot and killed in Lompoc and police are still looking for one of the two suspects.

On Sept. 19, eleven days after the murder, the Lompoc Police Department arrested Francisco Gutierrez Ortega on suspicion of murder and conspiracy. He has not entered a plea and is due back in court next week.

Police are still looking for the second suspect, Walter Alexander Morales.

Brumfield was visiting his family in Lompoc while on leave from the Army when he was gunned down near the intersection of A and Ocean streets.

Police say they have found no evidence to believe the suspects and victim had any prior contact before the shooting.

Since Brumfield's death, the Lompoc community has come together to remember him.

Mi Amore Pizza and Pasta raised $6,000 for Brumfield's family. The Lompoc City Council also held a moment of silence at their meetingon Sept. 17. There was also a flag line held in honor of him.

Brumfield's death was Lompoc's sixth homicide this year.

Previous coverage:
UPDATE: Military man killed, Lompoc Mayor asks community to help identify shooting suspect
Lompoc police arrest suspect in killing of Army soldier
Lompoc Police Chief speaks out after city’s 6th homicide of 2019
Flag line held in honor of Army soldier killed in Lompoc
Moment of silence at city council meeting honors latest Lompoc murder victim
Lompoc restaurant raises thousands of dollars for family of soldier who was shot and killed