Feeling safe where you live is the number one priority. Sure, there is always a risk, but when you feel safe in your own place then you have reached a healthy place in your life. However, you can’t always choose who lives around you. Living in an apartment complex has its challenges. Sometimes you have to deal with unruly neighbors who like their music too loud or who party too late. Sometimes you deal with neighbors who are too private and you have no idea what they do. Either way, living amongst other people is hard, but living in Oceanside should not be a death sentence.
Devon Rideout was a Navy Corpsman who was working toward her degree in occupational therapy. She had a bright future and was coming home from work early to walk her new puppy when she was shot five times by the upstairs neighbor. Witnesses tried to help the woman, but the upstairs neighbor, Eduardo Arriola, held the gun and told them to stay away. Arriola lived directly above Rideout. He lived there with his brother and mother. His story begins as a marine who deserted his position and went to Mexico. He spent a year there and then finally returned a year later. He was diagnosed with schizophrenia and was discharged from the Marines.
Arriola had no prior contact with Rideout. She did not have any interaction with him and was simply going about her day. Arriola said he shot her because she was trespassing on his property. He got the gun from a popular gun shop, Iron Sights. Apparently, that gun shop does not have access to military databases and was not aware of his schizophrenic diagnosis. They believe Arriola lied on his application to get the gun and the gun shop gave him the gun. Because of this error, Arriola was given the opportunity to kill his neighbor. Upon further investigation, it was found that Arriola had a listed the neighbors name as well as two others with the words RIP next to them. It appears to be some sort of hit list. Arriola still professes he is not guilty, the trial should prove interesting.
Besides a criminal trial, Rideout’s family can file a civil suit for a wrongful death claim. Wrongful death is when a person dies due to the negligence of someone or some party. This means the person would still be alive had it not been for the action of the person or party. A wrongful death claim can be filed alongside a criminal charge and each work independently of each other.
If you or someone you love is dealing with a wrongful death then our Oceanside Wrongful Death Attorneys at Law Offices of Edward J Babbitt, APC is ready to hear your story and support you through this traumatic time. Finding justice can happen criminally and civilly. Call or click here to schedule an appointment with our professional attorneys at the Law Offices of Edward J Babbitt, APC in Oceanside to start your healing journey today.