BOSTON (CBS/AP) — Boston police are investigating the fatal weekend shooting of an Army veteran who served as a sniper in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Stephen Perez Jr. was found wounded at 290 Tremont Street.

Police say 23-year-old Stephen Perez Jr. of Revere was shot in the back just before 2 a.m. on Saturday in the city’s Theater District. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

There have been no arrests.

Family members say Perez was out with a group of friends .

Sources tell WBZ that Perez and his friends were trying to leave, and were in Perez’ car, when another vehicle blocked their path. Perez then got into a fight and while he was defending himself, someone shot him in the back.

Family and friends describe Perez as a “good kid’ who was attending Bunker Hill Community College and wanted a career in law enforcement.

Perez joined the Army shortly after high school. He did two tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.  “He wanted to be a police officer,” said his aunt Patrice Bordonaro. “He was just the kindest person, he’d help anybody.”

WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields contributed to this report.

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