A marine who served a tour in Afghanistan has died from injuries he sustained in a brawl outside a Stevinson bar.
Miguel De La Cruz, 22, of Newman was pronounced dead Monday at a Modesto hospital after being taken off life support.
The Merced County Sheriff’s Department is looking for any individuals who were at the Stevinson Bar and Grill the night of the brawl.
Deputies were dispatched to the bar around 2 a.m. Sunday for a report of a large fight in the parking lot. There has been no information released about what triggered the fight.
Cruz was not found at the scene of the fight. Friends had already taken him to Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock. From there he was transported to a Modesto hospital.
Cruz completed a tour of duty in Afghanistan and returned home in Dec. 2013.
Anyone with information about the fight or the individuals involved in it is asked to contact the sheriff’s department at 385-7444.