Compton councilman brothers shot, one dies
Sheriff’s homicide investigators probing the incident said the shooting appeared to be gang-related activity
Deadly gunplay was evidently a ‘walk-up’ near mother’s house; Compton Councilman Isaac Galvan, Mayor Aja Brown issue statements
LOS ANGELES (MNS) — The younger brother of Compton City Councilman Isaac Galvan was shot and killed in East Los Angeles around noon on Monday, Feb. 22, and another brother was wounded by the gunfire, the Compton Herald has learned.
The Sheriff’s Department did not release the identities or names of the two men struck by gunfire, but Galvan, the first Latino elected to the Compton city council in 2013, stated on his Facebook page that his brothers — Larry, 27, was shot several times in the chest, and Dennis, was shot in the foot.
“Unfortunately, today my little brothers were both victims of a senseless drive-by shooting in front of my mother’s house. I’m glad my little brother Dennis was able to go home today by only being shot in his foot. I’m sad to say my other little brother Larry did not make it,” Galvan said via his Facebook page. “He leaves behind three brothers, a mother, many friends and three beautiful children who through their lives his memory will live on.”
According to Dep. Mike Barraza of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the violence occurred in the 900 block of South La Verne Avenue. The two brothers were walking southbound when a man approached them and opened fire.
Barraza said both men were taken to the hospital, where the councilman’s brother died of cardiac arrest. Sheriff’s homicide investigators probing the incident said the shooting appeared to be gang-related activity.
“I will always love and miss my brother Larry. Now it’s my job to make sure that his death is not in vain and to make sure that I’m there and a good example to his children. I ask you to please keep my mother and brother Dennis in your prayers,” said Galvan.
Compton Mayor Aja Brown issued the following statement:
“The Compton City Council joins with our residents in mourning the loss of Councilmember Isaac Galvan’s brother and in extending our thoughts, prayers and love to his mother, his brother’s children and entire family. We also hope for a quick recovery for his injured brother. Compton stands with East L.A. residents in the fight against gun violence.”