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Family struggles after Army combat veteran is killed in Old Town

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - On Friday, Lio Rutledge was walking back to his PTSD treatment facility when he was shot to death in a seemingly random attack in Old Town.

Lio Rutledge was a former Airborne Ranger who was in San Diego trying to get his life back together for his five young children. 

Rutledge had served two tours of duty in Afghanistan.

The family of the 35-year-old veteran is numb with disbelief.

"He was getting his life together - and we were so proud of him -- and then to get shot down like that," said Craig Rutledge, Lio's brother.

Police arrested 38-year-old Johnny Gastellum. He is suspected of gunning down Rutledge and faces first degree murder.

Rutledge was a proud member of the Southern Cheyenne Tribe. He served in the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division.

"He had seen combat, that affected him. He came back messed up in the mind a little bit," said Lio's brother Gary Rutledge.

His family persuaded him to seek help for PTSD, and for the past two months he had been staying a V.A. residential facility in Old Town receiving treatment.

According to his family, Lio had been making remarkable strides.

"He was on a good path. He had a plan," said Gary Rutledge.

Lio's plan was to complete his treatment and re-connect with his children, according to his family.

A special fund has been set up online to help Lio's five young children as they try to move forward without their father. For more information visit the Go Fund Me Page

Lio's suspected killer is scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday.

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