On November 9th, 2014 God took another angel back home. Francisco Guadalupe Garcia, my big brother, a twenty one year old Army veteran who had just returned home after serving his term, passed away at a gathering with his friends after being shot by an unidentified gunman. Our Frankie had just been accepted to the California Highway Patrol academy where he sought to work extensively to provide for our family. He had just promised our parents that he would raise enough funds through his hard work to repair our home and help give us a better life. Unfortunately, God called him too early and he left his project unfinished. Once again, our hearts are broken because he departed to a mission where we know he will never come back.
Frankie was known for having a big heart and helping anyone who needed assistance. He never sought for repayment or a simple "thank you". He simply was satisfied with knowing that he had done his part to be a better civilian. This is perhaps because our parents, from a meek background, taught him the importance of aiding those who are less fortunate. Specifically, his friends describe that whenever they needed a ride, they knew who to call. Frankie always thought about us wherever he was. He would unexpectedly send us gifts and surprise us with visitations. Recently, he was extremely excited about repairing our home himself. He dedicated his weekends to install the wooden floors in our rooms that my mother so much wanted.
My brother, being the only male sibling in our family, always made sure that his sisters were happy. He constantly called and inquired about where I was, what was I doing and if I was ok. He provided a sense of security in our family. My sisters and I felt so protected and loved by him. Just two days ago he sat down with our youngest sister to give her a lecture about life.
My family would appreciate any monetary assistance for funeral expenses and associated costs to put my brother to rest. In addition, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has demonstrated their support during these difficult times. We have definitely felt so much love from everyone. There are no words to describe the gratitude that I feel for all the prayers and demonstrations of affection displayed by everyone. Thanks!