The family of a 7-Eleven clerk who was gunned down in a robbery was raising money for funeral services while a suspect in his killing remained behind bars on Friday.
Gonzalo Garcia was working at a Highland Park branch of the convenience store chain when he was fatally shot during a robbery on Dec. 22. He was 31.
On Wednesday, a 19-year-old Compton man was charged with special circumstance murder during a robbery and multiple other counts related to previous alleged robberies. Rasheen Childs, who has been on probation for two prior convictions, was due to be arraigned Jan. 21.
Garcia’s family, meanwhile, had set funeral services for Jan. 25. A fundraiser website said the family was in “unbearable” pain and that Garcia’s 5-year-old daughter was having trouble understanding her father’s death.
“‘I had a dream of my dad; he took me to the park and told me he loves me. I know he is an angel now but why can’t I see angels?'” the girl said, according to her aunt, Elizabeth Duenas. “‘I really want to see angels so that I can see my daddy again.'”
The fund, which was intended in part to pay for Garcia’s parents’ travel from Mexico to the funeral, had raised more than $7,700 of its $10,000 goal by Friday.
“His parents have not seen their son in almost 14 years and now they will see him in a box,” the website stated.
Childs and a second man allegedly entered the 7-Eleven in the 6100 block of North Figueroa Street in the northeast Los Angeles neighborhood of Highland Park. First posing as customers, they pointed a gun at Garcia.
When he turned to run, Garcia was shot in the back. He later died at a hospital. Police originally identified him as Gonzalo Perez, 38.
Childs was charged with the shooting of Garcia and a series of additional alleged robberies that took place between Dec. 19 and Jan. 2, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday.
In Garcia’s death, Childs was charged with murder, attempted second-degree robbery and various firearm allegations. In the other alleged robberies, Childs was charged with 11 counts of second-degree robbery, one count of false imprisonment by violence and one count of assault with a deadly weapon.
Childs was on probation for 2013 burglary and possessing and unregister, loaded handgun in 2012, according to the DA’s office. The criminal complaint against him in Garcia’s death and the other alleged robberies lists an alias of “Badass.”
He was being held without bail at the Men’s Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles. He had been arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department’s Northeast Division on Jan. 2, according to inmate records.
Prosecutors planned to decide later whether to seek the death penalty against Childs.