Compton councilman Isaac Galvan lost his younger brother to gang violence, outside of the family home in East Los Angeles. Another brother was also shot but is expected to survive his injuries.
Sheriff’s officials said the shooting was gang-related, and the victims appeared to have been targeted.
Detectives said the victims, Dennis and Larry Galvan, were walking south on La Verne Avenue when they were approached by a male suspect. The suspect then shot both victims, got into an SUV and fled.
Both victims were transported to Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center, where Larry Galvan, 27, succumbed to his injuries. He had been shot multiple times in the chest.
Dennis Galvan was shot in the foot and was expected to survive.
Isaac Galvan, who became the first Latino elected to Compton’s City Council in 2013, released the following statement on his Facebook page Monday: “All though my brothers life was tragically cut short at the young age of 27. I do find solace in knowing that before he left this earth he knew the lord and I’m certain he was able to call out to him before he left us.”
The investigation was ongoing.
Anyone with information on this incident was encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.