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Man who drowned in SoFi Stadium lake identified

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner has identified the 19-year-old man who drowned in the lake at SoFi Stadum as Mirai Shepard of Chula Vista.

According to Inglewood police, security officers saw Shepard swimming in the lake around 9:30 p.m. on Friday; at the same time, an electronic dance music concert featuring DJ Illenium was taking place inside the stadium.

Shepard eventually went underwater and didn’t resurface, prompting a search and rescue operation that included a helicopter and drone.

SoFi Stadium Lake
The lake outside SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

His body was recovered from the lake, which is approximately 15 feet deep, just before 11 p.m., police said.

The medical examiner has determined Shepard’s death was an accident.

“Our hearts go out to the family and friends affected by this devastating incident,” the police department said in a statement on Saturday.

SoFi Stadium opened in September 2020 and is home to the Los Angeles Rams and Chargers of the NFL.

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.