His death came on the official birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps, and a day before Veterans Day.
Swanson's high school English teacher, Ron Carcich, told the OC Register he is heartbroken over Swanson's Death.
"He'll never be married. He'll never have children," said Carcich. "It's the loss of what could have been, what was just starting to be. It tore me to pieces. I cried like a baby."