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Family of man killed inside shopping plaza speaks out

Posted at 11:59 PM, Jul 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-09 06:48:07-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The family of a man who was shot and killed outside a north Las Vegas valley shopping plaza is speaking out and are pleading for justice.

The Garcia family is still trying to wrap their heads around what happened feeling a wave of emotions from sadness to anger after 27-year-old Max Jordan Garcia was gunned down inside a shopping plaza last weekend.

“He needed help immediately and yet he was just left there to die,” says Maximo Garcia, Max’s uncle.

“He walked to his own beat, he was very loving towards his friends, family”

It happened on June 2, near the 215 beltway and North Decatur Boulevard..

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Max’s family spoke to 13 Action News after the arrest of Brian Love, a security guard that police say was patrolling the area at the time.

He's accused of shooting and killing Garcia.

Max Jordan’s uncle believes the shooting was not justified.

“This is a man who took a young man’s life away, took him away from us, his family, his children, this was a man who hadn’t embarked on what he wanted to do later in life,” says Garcia.

In Love’s arrest report, investigators say surveillance video shows the moments leading up to the shooting.

It details that Love approached Garcia who was sitting outside one of the businesses just after midnight, then firing off a warning shot into the air.

The arrest report states “Love said he saw the male get up and start to walk aggressively towards him and he fired approximately (15) fifteen times at the male. Love stated he did not see if he had a weapon. “

Garcia’s body laid at the scene for hours until the sun was up while Love continued making his rounds inside the plaza.

The circumstances of his death has left the Garcia family with more questions than answers.

They're hopeful justice will be served.

“We want this man to be put away for a very long time and whatever the courts decide to do, its up to them, we’re going to trust them to do their job,” says Garcia.