FREMONT, California - Family and friends of Cpl. Allan “AJ” DeVillena who was laid to rest on Friday, are calling on the US Marines to launch a separate investigation on his death.
The 22-year old Filipino-Columbian was shot and killed on November 10, after a confrontation with the Palm Springs Police Department in a parking garage.
The Palm Springs Police Department said they had no choice but to shoot DeVillena, because he refused to follow orders even after being ordered a few times by the police to stop the car he was driving.
The police claimed DeVillena even used his car to hit one officer and drag another. Authorities also said they found stolen ATM and ID cards in the car DeVillena was driving.
A week before he died, DeVillena had just come back from a tour of duty in Afghanistan. He was only weeks away from finishing his service with the Marines.
DeVillena’s family said the Palm Springs Police Department is trying to cover up the truth that he was murdered.
The family said they plan to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the Palm Springs Police Department. They said they are not confident with the Palm Springs Police Department and the District Attorney doing the investigation alone. They have asked the Marines to step in and conduct a separate probe.
“We want these officers tried in court and incarcerated. This isn’t right,” said his brother, Aaron Olguin, “My brother did not deserve to die like this.”
DeVillena’s mother, Beatriz Orozco, wants a change in the way things are done by the police so that no other family will have to go through what they’re going through.
“They should not be shooting people like that. They should just be tasing people, not shooting them just to kill them.”
His father, Allan DeVillena, Sr., does not want to comment yet on whether they will ask for damages from the Palm Springs Police Department but said no money will ever bring AJ back.
“They ripped our hearts out. How could you put a number on that? You cannot put a number on AJ,” he said.
The Palm Springs Police Department refuses to comment on the Devillena family’s plan to file a lawsuit against them, pending the outcome of their investigation.