The devastated widow of a New York-bred Marine sergeant shot and killed near his base in California three days ago can’t imagine why anyone would hurt such an “incredible” man.
“I just don’t understand why anybody would shoot him. He didn’t deserve this. No one deserves this,” Alexia Truax said Monday of her slain husband Christopher Truax, the father of her 11-month-old son.
“It’s not fair for him, or for any of us. Why did this happen?” the heartbroken young mom, 20, asked through tears during an emotional phone interview from her home in Texas.
“He was the love of my life – my companion and my partner. He was my rock,” she told the Daily News, describing the Marine raised in Horseheads, N.Y., and nearby Elmira. “My heart hurts so much.”
Authorities are searching for suspects in the shooting death and urging anyone with information to come forward.
“Please, please, please, if you know anything, please help us figure out the truth,” Alexia Truax told The News in an appeal to any possible witnesses.
Truax, 21, was on active duty when he was found bleeding from a gunshot wound in a vehicle around 12:30 a.m. Friday in the city of Lemon Grove, north of San Diego, authorities said.
He was due to head home to Texas on Monday to celebrate both his own birthday Wednesday and the first birthday of the couple’s toddler son on Thursday, Alexia said.
“I was supposed to see my husband today. He was coming home,” she told The News. “It’s just so hard for me to think about how I’ll explain to my son that his father is gone. I don’t really know how I’m going to do it. It’s really hard for me to understand how I go on without him.”
Truax was assigned to Southern California’s Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, about 15 miles north of Lemon Grove.
His awards included the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
Truax was the second Marine killed in the San Diego area over the past year, according to the Associated Press.
In late December, 21-year-old Cpl. Ryan Harris was stabbed to death as he tried to break up a fight.
Alexia said she met Truax online while he was deployed overseas in Bahrain. The two struck up a long-distance friendship, and Truax rushed to visit her in person as soon as he returned to the U.S.
“He came straight to visit me for the first time. We had an instant connection,” she said. “His best friends told me he would always show them pictures of me and our son. He was an incredible husband and father.”