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Slain Local Veteran, 7-Eleven Employee Honored With Plaque at Store

Julia Jacobson was killed in September 2017, and her husband pleaded guilty to her murder

A memorial plaque was unveiled at a City Heights 7-Eleven in honor of a local military veteran killed and found in a shallow grave in the desert in 2017.

San Diego resident Julia Jacobson, 37, was a retired U.S. Army captain and worked for the corporate offices of 7-Eleven.

The 7-Eleven on University Avenue created a plaque that read “In Loving Memory of Capt. Julia Jacobson & Boogie Your 7-ELEVEN Family.”

The City Heights store was turned into a 7-Eleven with Julia’s help, according to the Facebook page that posted a picture of plaque, called “Justice for Julia.”

Jacobson vanished in early September 2017 and was last seen inside her company car at the corporate offices of 7-Eleven on Aero Drive in Kearny Mesa.

Hours later, a store surveillance camera captured Jacobson in Ontario. She was accompanied by her dog, Boogie, police said.

The following month, her ex-husband, Dalen Ware, was arrested in Arizona on suspicion of her disappearance and death. Ware pleaded guilty to second-degree murder

In December 2017, Jacobson's remains, along with the remains of Boogie, were discovered in a remote desert area near Cactus City, California.

Julia Jacobson, 37, a retired Army captain who served two tours in Iraq, was last heard from on Sept. 2. NBC 7’s Artie Ojeda reports.

Jacobson and Boogie were cremated and brought home to North Dakota, according to the Justice for Julia page.

"We'll never understand why or how someone could take their sweet lives," the page said.

Other memorials and tributes have been created in Jacobson’s memory.

Julia Jacobson, 37, was last seen on Sept. 2. NBC 7’s Alex Presha reports.

The retired captain was remembered at a Dia de los Muertos event following her disappearance, a service was held by a Del Cerro church shortly after, and the Julia Jacobson Scholarship Fund was set up to benefit her own high school in Spearfish, South Dakota.

More than 120 investigators from law enforcement agencies spanning from San Diego to Ontario helped search for Jacobson.

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