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Children in Car When Father Gunned Down in Road Rage Shooting

Marco Lara Jr., 24, was shot and killed on the 15 Freeway in Victorville.

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A gunman was being sought in the High Desert after a road rage shooting on the 15 Freeway left a father dead as he was delivering food with his two small children in the car.

Marco Lara Jr., a 24-year-old father of three, was killed Thursday in Victorville, police said.

His family is asking for help in finding the killer, who killed the man they say dedicated his life to his children.

"He loved us. He protected us all the time," Jennifer Lara, his sister, said. "He loved his kids. He loved his kids a lot."

Last Thursday, Marco was driving north on Interstate 15 in Victorville at around 7:30 p.m. making a food delivery.

His wife Katelyn, their 4-year-old daughter and year-old son were riding with him, when Katelyn says a car in front of them started brake checking Marco's SUV.

"He followed the car off to the side of the freeway," Katelyn said.

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Katelyn said they pulled over at the Nisqualli Road offramp and Marco got out to confront the other driver.

"He stood up for what he thought was right in the moment. He thought he could resolve what was going on with the other car," she said.

But within seconds, the other driver pulled out a gun and shot Marco before driving off, Family members say Marco's 4-year-old daughter witnessed everything.

"Last night when she was crying. All I could do was hug her and tell her that he's taking care of her from heaven," Katelyn said.

It was dark, so Katelyn wasn't able to get a good look at the shooter or the car.

"You never expect for someone's life to be taken over road rage," Katelyn said.

Family members have set up an account on Cashapp to help pay for marco's burial. They are also asking witnesses to come forward to help identify the shooter.

“I hate him because now my kids have to live without my soulmate," Katelyn siad,

Investigators are looking for surveillance video that may have captured the suspect's car.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the CHP at 1-800-TELL-CHP (1-800-835-5247).

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