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Esteban Smith, Marine Murderer: Top 10 Facts You Need to Know

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Esteban J. Smith, 23, has been ID’d as the gunman killed in Sunday’s wild driving-and-shooting spree that left two people dead and five injured — including a sheriff.

Meanwhile, Smith, a Marine, is also accused of stabbing his wife to death after her body was found in a motel room in North Carolina.

Here’s what we know so far about Esteban Smith and the latest developments in the case.


1. Esteban J. Smith Was a U.S. Marine at Camp Lejeune

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Smith was a Marine at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. He joined the Marines in 2008 and served two tours of duty in Afghanistan in the 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment and 2nd Marine Division.


2. The Rampage Began Around 4:30 Local Time on Sunday


The seemingly random events began around 4:30 a.m. local time when Smith, who was driving a pick-up truck, opened fire at an unidentified woman driving a vehicle in Eden, Texas. She was reported to have non-life threatening injuries. He then made his way to a convenience store in Brady, in McCulloch County, where he shot at two people as they sat in their car. They were also treated for non-life threatening injuries. Smith headed back to Eden where he wounded another victim around 5:30 a.m.


3. Smith Killed 41-Year-Old Alicia Torres

Esteban Smith, Camp Lejeune Shooting

The cousin of the deceased victim was inside his house when he heard about five shots before a car speeding away. (WFMY News 2)


Around 6 a.m., police responded to a call that shots were being fired in Eola, Texas where they found 41-year-old Alicia Torres shot dead in her car.

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4. Smith Was Shot Dead by Police

Concho County, Esteban Smith

Concho County Sheriff’s Office


About 15 minutes later, Concho County Sheriff Richard Doane caught up with Smith’s truck north of Eden on U.S. Highway 83 where he was also shot and wounded. State troopers arrived and a shootout erupted, only to end after Smith was shot dead.


5. His Truck Was Found Littered With Weapons

Bullet Hole, Esteban Smith
Authorities found an assault rifle, handgun and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in Smith’s truck. Investigators have determined that Smith did not acquire any of the weapons he used on Sunday by the military.

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6. He’s Also Accused of Stabbing His Wife to Death

Esteban Smith, Esteban J. Smth, Campe Lejeune
Hours later and some 1,500 miles away, authorities discovered the body of a woman at a Sunset Inn in Jacksonville, North Carolina. That’s about 20 miles from Camp Lejeune. Police initially said the incidents were connected and it was later found out that the woman was Smith’s 21-year-old wife, Rubi Estefania Smith.


7. An Investigation is Underway

NCIS, Esteban Smith
The investigation involves the North Carolina police and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.


8. He Has a Number of Awards From the Military

National Defense Medal, Esteban Smith
Service records indicate that Smith has a number of routine awards, including the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and a Combat Action Ribbon.


9. This is Not the First Incident With a Camp Lejeune Marine

Esteban Smith
Earlier this month, an “armed, dangerous and homicidal” Camp Lejeune Marine, Lance Corporal Kenneth Austin, allegedly threatened his estranged wife, a fellow Marine.


10. A Female Camp Lejeune Marine Was Killed in 2007

Maria Frances Lauterbach, Esteban Smith
Back in 2007, LCpl Maria Lauterbach, who was eight months pregnant, was killed by Marine Corporal Cesar Laurean in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Both were stationed at Camp Lejeune.

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