His death was set in motion last fall.
The terminal illness was finally taking its toll on 8-year-old Erick Casillas that winter. He was unable to walk and speak full sentences, and he needed around-the-clock care.
On Monday morning, with his family by his bedside and more than a year after he was diagnosed with brain cancer, Erick died.
Many who knew or had come to know the boy recently were mourning his death this week, including members of the Gardena Police Department.
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