Young Army Veteran killed over tagging

Nov 12, 2014 8:12 PM by Debbie Cobb

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police say the fatal shooting of an Army veteran in the San Fernando Valley stems from a simmering dispute involving members of at least one tagging crew.

Los Angeles police Lt. Paul Vernon said Wednesday that 21-year-old Francisco Garcia was gunned down on a sidewalk after a tagging group he was involved with received a threatening phone call.

An 18-year-old man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of killing Garcia in Sylmar early Sunday.

Police initially said Garcia returned from Afghanistan four months ago. However, a military official told the Los Angeles Times ( Wednesday that he was never deployed overseas and was discharged from the Army in July.

Vernon said detectives learned about Garcia's military service from his girlfriend and family and had no reason not to believe them


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