Man in deadly drowning incident in SoFi Stadium lake identified

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - A person was killed in a deadly drowning incident that occurred in the SoFi Stadium lake Friday night. SoFi Stadium officials confirmed the incident Saturday.

"It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of an individual this evening," said SoFi Stadium in a statement made Saturday.

According to authorities, stadium security officers saw a 19-year-old male entering the lake area just before 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 2. The victim was seen swimming, and at one point allegedly submerged completely underwater and was not seen resurfacing.

The man was identified as Mirai Ashley Shepard, of Chula Vista, the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner reported.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department quickly deployed a search and rescue team. Just before 11 p.m., authorities recovered Shepard's body from the lake.


"Our deepest condolences go out to the individual’s family and friends for their loss. Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time," the Inglewood-based stadium officials said.

Officials did not share any details regarding the circumstances surrounding the incident. No further information has been made available at this time.

The investigation into the matter is ongoing.