Camp Pendleton Marine Stabbed to Death in California, Arrests Made

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Camp Pendleton Marine Ryan Evan Harris, 21, was out with several friends at around 1:30 a.m. on Friday, when he and another man attempted to break up a fight. Ryan and the other man both were stabbed, Ryan fatally. Ryan died before he could be taken to the hospital; the other man is expected to survive. Police arrested two people for the crime on Sunday.

Police were called to the scene of a fight in the “Gaslamp Quarter” of  San Diego on Friday on Island Avenue and J Street. When they arrived, they found Ryan Harris down with major stab wounds to his torso. Good Samaritans, police and paramedics worked hard to save him, but he died at the scene. Police told his family that he had been trying to break up a fight.

“That was who he was, and really speaks to the overall nature of someone who would join military. He wanted to help.” Koert Spears, Ryan’s brother-in-law

As they worked on Harris, they learned of another stabbing victim a short distance away on J Street. The man is believed to have been a childhood friend of Ryan’s, but not a Marine. He is expected to survive stab wounds to his chest and back. His name has not been released.

Ryan was originally from Elverta, California and was a current resident of Oceanside.

The only description of the perpetrators was two “Hispanic” men. The police investigation led to Jose Oscar Esqueda, 30, and Jeff Shai Holliday, 24, who were arrested on Sunday.

According to Fox5, “Esqueda was booked into county jail for murder, attempted murder, and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon.  Holliday was booked into county jail for murder, assault with a deadly weapon, battery, and probation violation.”

Ryan Harris had only been married since March. His wife was reportedly in Sacramento County visiting relatives when Ryan was killed. She had expected to meet him on Friday evening. Harris’ family has started a GoFundMe page to help support his widow.

Harris served as a diesel mchanic in the Corps, and had hopes of going into Law Enforcement. Camp Pendleton Marine, newlywed, lost in a moment of senseless violence.

“You look up in the dictionary the definition of son, and I’ll tell you, you’ll see Ryan Harris. He was a big part of my life. Coached him, mentored him the best I could.” Larry Holt, Ryan’s grandfather to KCRA.

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  • Joseph Reyna

    I was a Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton and also a diesel mechanic at Mainside 12 area 1st FSR. So sorry to hear on the death of this fine man. My son is currently serving in the Navy USS Harry Truman. My heart and soul goes out to this Hero and his family .God Bless them.

  • Rebekah

    My prayers are with Ryan’s family, Marine family and friends. RIP dear brother. Semper Fi

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