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SMYRNA, Ga. -- The parents of a former Marine who was beaten so severely he was left in a coma say he passed away Easter Sunday. Zach Gamble, 34, had been in a coma for more than two weeks.

Gamble was severely beaten on Sunday, Mar. 25. He was found lying unconscious in a parking lot at a Smyrna apartment complex. His parents, Tina and Leon Robbins are hoping someone can help Cobb County Police find out who did it and why.

"We know that someone came up behind him, and he took a terrific blow to the back of his neck," his mother Tina Robbins said. "Being a mom, and this is my only son, and I'm just hoping that someone knows something."

Robbins and her husband kept vigil over their son at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital. At his bedside, they played him messages recorded by his 7-year-old son Luke.

Here's one of Luke Gambles messages:

"Hi Daddy. Get well soon. I'm sorry that, I'm sorry that, that whatever happened to you, I'm sorry that, that, that you got hurt. Well, the doctors are going to try as hard as they can to keep you alive. I love you so much."

"He really needs whoever did this to his dad to be apprehended," Tina Robbins said.

Cobb County Police said Gamble, who survived two tours in Iraq, was at a party at the Concord Crossing apartments. A taxi driver who thought she ran over Gamble called police. But police said the injuries Gamble suffered weren't from being run over, but from a blow to his head.

The ex-Marine apparently didn't even have a chance to defend himself. "When he arrived at the hospital, he was unconscious," Robbins said.

Witnesses who were at the party said after Gamble left, they heard loud arguing coming from the parking lot. That's the only lead police have had to go on, and so far it's led them nowhere.

Cobb County Police are asking anyone who has information about the deadly assault on Zach Gamble to call their Crimes Against Persons Unit at 770-499-3945.

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