Tragedy struck my little corner of L.A again Saturday night. Two young men were gunned down walking about near a friends home.
Details are sketchy. Both young men have no known “history” and were active in local sports. One went to Monrovia High School, the other at Monrovia Canyon High School.
Sadly Oscar Garcia was pronounced dead at the scene. The other simply known as “Christian” on social media is in critical but stable condition.
The community kids got together and held an impromptu memorial at the local Skate Park with the family present to share their stories of Oscar.
The Schools held memorials on campus today for the students. Grief Counselors were on hand to help the students cope with the loss of a friend and classmate.
A gofundme has been established to help out the Garcia family with funeral expenses and a memorial.
Details are sketchy. What we do know is that there is a gang turf war going on here in the SGV with several gangs vying expanded turf or control of new territory. We do know that neither boy had any gang affiliations and its been surmised they were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The official police report on the incident in our weekly Neighborhood Watch Recap:
April 22 at 11:35 p.m., officers responded to the 100 block of W. Cypress on a call of shots heard. Officers found two male victims with gunshot wounds inside a rear garage. One victim was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. The second victim, a 17 year old, was taken to the hospital in critical condition. The suspect is described as a male in his 20s, who fled the scene on foot. The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau was asked to come conduct the investigation.