41-year-old father of 3, Alejandro Garcia, was shot and killed while working his night shift in a Los Angeles Taco Bell. In the 9900 block of Avalon Boulevard, on Saturday around 11 p.m, a customer attempted to pay for their food with an allegedly counterfeit $20 bill. When the argument escalated, the customer pulled out a gun and shot Garcia.
Additionally, it appears that another person was stabbed in the incident. This person is reported to have been transported to a local hospital, though it remains unknown how the individual was stabbed.
According to Fox News, Garcia was working to make a little extra money for his family, when an argument about the false bill escalated.
Garcia was shot multiple times, including into his heart, and pronounced dead at the scene of the incident by emergency responders. When the event occured, Garcia’s 19-year-old son was also working at the location.
An article by CBS Los Angeles explains that Garcia’s son is the one who initially denied the fake bill.
According to a family cousin, Nancy Garcia del Sol, Garcia’s son was in the same area of the restaurant. “I guess they got upset and they just started shooting,” she explained, “My nephew was close by so he closed the window but the shots… they went in. [Garcia] got shot in the heart, and that’s what killed him, and he died there… in front of his son’s presence.”
Outside the restaurant, a number of witnesses saw the 19-year-old during the initial investigation, looking distraught.
“It’s so hard for him. I can’t imagine seeing your dad get murdered in front of your eyes, and you’re standing there and can’t do anything about it,” said Karina Garcia, the victim’s cousin. She continued, noting that Alejandro was loving, hard-working and a very generous man.
Karina Garcia also speculates that her cousin died instantly.
Residents in the neighboring area could hear the gun-shots.
One of these, Quinita Adams, says, “I can’t believe it, that’s scary… It’s heartbreaking. It’s very sad, I can’t believe that happened. I pray for the family of that person that lost his life.” While her household was asleep at the time, the shots rang loudly enough to wake up everyone inside.
Additionally, Breanna Leonard comments, “It’s not safe no where, no more… That’s somebody’s child. It’s over food… oh my gosh. I just don’t know,” she said, “There’s no point in taking somebody’s life, over a fake $100 bill.”
Another family member, Corina Garcia Demeza, is demanding justice for her family. “I want justice for everybody in the community so these people won’t be out there killing people for just simply doing their job.” Demeza also ruthlessly defend’s Garcia’s actions, explaining that he was only following protocol.
Demeza continues, “We want the police to find the killers. We’re not gonna stop until we find the killers and if I have to go every day to the detective’s office and talk, I will talk every day until they find them.”
According to the Taco Bell Corporation, the “owner and operator of [the] location is working with local authorities” and is also offering support to the affected family directly. The corporation also sends its condolences.
Even Garcia’s coworkers are affected by the incident. One of these, wishing to be unidentified, says she is fearful after the incident. “I just love him. I love his humor, positivity, and hard work. It was great to know him.”
A Go Fund Me for Garcia’s family has been launched, and the site has collected over $30,000 to go toward funeral expenses and supporting the family’s wellbeing.
Suspects haven’t been found, but they’ve been described as 2 males aged between 20- and 25-years-old. The vehicle used is unknown, and authorities are still looking for additional information. Security camera footage is expected to provide more information.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Los Angeles Police Department immediately.
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