Lance Cpl. Marcus Uribe recently returned from his tour of duty unscathed after months of fighting in Afghanistan. But just three weeks later, it would be an incident on U.S. soil that threatened the young Marine's life.
Uribe, a 21-year-old Colorado native, was attending a welcome home party in Surfside Beach, Texas, when police say some uninvited guests arrived and stirred up a confrontation. According to news reports, one man aimed his pickup truck at a crowd of partygoers and stepped on the gas. Uribe bravely reacted, pushing a bystander out of the way.
"Once he did that he fell, and that's when the truck had already hit the first three people and then ran over the top of Marcus," Uribe's dad says.
Uribe was transferred home to an Englewood, Colo., hospital Thursday, a health center that specializes in dealing with head and spinal cord injuries. According to his family, his condition is stable; he's a bit shaky on his feet and his speech has slowed, but they are hopeful for a full recovery.
Prior to his career in the Marine Corps, Uribe attended Columbine High School where he played football. He enlisted in the armed forces immediately following his high school graduation.
"I think when he joined the Marines he found that same brotherhood he had when he played on the Columbine football team," his father Jeff told CBS4.
The suspect in the incident is being held on several charges, including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.