Lorenzo 'Larry' Mathew Galvan, 32
Larry Galvan, a 27-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Monday, Feb. 22, in the 900 block of South La Verne Avenue in East Los Angeles, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Shortly after noon, Galvan and his brother, Dennis, were walking south on South La Verne Avenue when they were approached by a man who shot the two, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
The gunman then got into the passenger side of a sport utility vehicle and fled north on South La Verne Avenue and out of view.
Galvan and his brother were taken to a hospital, where Galvan was pronounced dead. Coroner's records identified Larry as 32, but family said he was 27.
The brothers were returning to their mother’s home after purchasing a mop, family members told The Times.
Larry Galvan is the brother of Isaac Galvan, the first Latino elected to Compton’s city council. Isaac Galvan said that authorities told him that four bullets struck his brother Larry in the chest. One bullet struck his other brother's foot.
Vanessa Cosgaya, 18, said she was in her bedroom with her 3-year-old daughter when she heard six to eight gunshots. She said she ran outside and saw Dennis and Larry Galvan in her driveway.
"I saw Larry covered in blood," she said. "He was bleeding from the back too."
Cosgaya ran over to the men. Larry collapsed in her arms. She laid his head on her lap and called 911 while she put pressure on the wounds.
"He kept saying my name," Cosgaya said. "I kept telling him you're going to be OK."
Isaac Galvan said his brother Larry often took care of their mother, bringing her breakfast every morning and going with her to doctor appointments. No errand was too small if it involved his mother.
"Yesterday is a good example. He went to the store to buy her a new mop," Galvan said.
He said his brother Dennis is a father of two who is a regular churchgoer. He said he works labor jobs such as construction.
Isaac said the family is taking the loss hard. He said he has to be the strong one for the family. He will mourn later, he said.
Authorities said the shooting appeared to be gang-related, but Galvan said although the shooter or shooters might have been gang members, his brothers were not.
He said the family believes this was a case of mistaken identity.
Los Angeles County supervisors have approved a $10,000 reward for information leading to the apprehension and conviction of the person or people responsible for the killing.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department's homicide bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.