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Marine Dies from Head Trauma

A 34-year-old Marine who lived in Acworth was taken off life support two weeks after what may have been a savage beating.

Zach Gamble, a 34-year-old Marine from who survived two tours of duty in Iraq, died Sunday afternoon from severe head injuries suffered under mysterious circumstances two weeks earlier, according to the Cobb County Police Department.

A taxi driver reported hitting Gamble early in the morning March 25 at an apartment complex at 2935 Old Concord Rd. in Smyrna. Authorities found Gamble unresponsive in the parking lot.

The driver "was backed into a space in that parking lot and as she pulled out, she felt something with the vehicle,” Cobb police spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce told WSB-TV.

Police said Gamble's most serious injuries were not caused by the car accident, according to WSB-TV. His family has told media that Gamble was severely beaten, likely in an attack from behind.

Police learned that Gamble was at a party at the complex March 24, and a verbal altercation took place outisde.

Gamble was transported to with traumatic head injuries and never regained consciousness. He was taken off life support Sunday afternoon.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Gamble served two tours of duty in Iraq.

Gamble's family created a Facebook page, Justice for Zach Gamble, seeking answers about what happened to the Marine, who has a 7-year-old son. The family also has posted a Change.org petition calling for more investigation into the cae.

Cobb police continue to investigate what happened to Gamble. Anyone leaving a tip with Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477 could be eligible for a reward of up to $2,500 if an arrest results. Or you can call Detective John Dawes at 770-499-3945.

Do you know Zach Gamble? What would you like to say to the Marine's family?

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Leslie Davids April 10, 2012 at 05:48 PM
So sick and tired of the violence in our own country! Men and women go to serve and protect our right for freedom, avoid being killed in war only to come home and be beaten to death, run down by a drunk driver and killed, the list goes on. Just so sick of it!! To swampmedic89, the answer sadly to your question is most likely-never. Criminals and the likes of those that did this only think about theirselves and the moment at hand-they rarely change or learn. Prayers go out to this family and the son who will grow up without a father due to a coward or a group of cowards whichever the case may be.
Julia Harris April 10, 2012 at 08:37 PM
The report states that he had attended a party. Someone at the party likely knows individuals involved, or what happened. I hope that people with information do the right thing and contact police. I am saddened that his son will grow up without a father. My prayers are with his family.
Allison Cottle April 11, 2012 at 04:46 PM
All the party participants are saying is they heard arguing and didn't really pay attention to it. But you are right...somebody saw something and they are too much of a coward to come forward. My family has been friends with his family for years. Ours mom's worked together. This is a vey sad situation that I don't wish on anyone.
Nina Austin-DeFrank April 12, 2012 at 11:54 AM
I am honored to have you, Zach as my Austin's oldest cousin! We love you! I hate that I have to get dressed to lay you to rest today.... Thank you for all your gave up for all of us. It's such a shame that someone so disgusting and useless to our society has the right to walk our streets. NOT FOR LONG!!!!!!!! Love You!
Nikki Gamble April 25, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Zach is my brother. We were roommates. He was a really nice guy. He was funny too. I miss him everyday. He went to war fighting even for the cowards who murdered him. I will never stop searching for the truth. It makes me sick to my stomach the animals that killed him are still breathing. I love you Zach and I'll make you proud of me. I'll be the best aunt to Luke and I'll never give up on Justice. I'll fight for you brother!

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