Neighborly Attempt Turns Deadly: Suspect Kills Man Trying to Diffuse Argument


Heartbreaking Tragedy: Man Killed While Intervening in Neighbor’s Argument

In a shocking and senseless act of violence, a father of six was tragically shot and killed outside his own home in Monrovia. Nicolas Gandara, 38, was a beloved family man whose life was cut short while trying to quell an argument between a neighbor and the suspect.

Unprovoked Act of Violence

On the evening of June 2nd, Christopher Wiggan, 42, allegedly became involved in an altercation with one of Gandara’s neighbors on West Duarte Road. According to authorities, Wiggan allegedly fired a single shot that struck Gandara in the neck, killing him instantly.

Deadly shooting in Monrovia

Deputies investigate the tragic shooting in Monrovia that claimed the life of Nicolas Gandara. (Citizen)

Witness accounts indicate that Gandara had attempted to intervene and calm down the escalating conflict when he was shot without provocation. Wiggan then fled the scene, but was later apprehended by law enforcement after returning to the crime site.

Community in Mourning

“I’m deeply saddened by the tragic loss of an innocent husband and father of six who was senselessly shot and killed outside his own home,” said Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón. “Our hearts go out to the victim’s family during this incredibly difficult time.”

Gascón emphasized that this heinous act of violence would not be tolerated and that his department was committed to seeking justice for Gandara and his family.

Suspect in Custody

Wiggan has been charged with one count of murder with a special allegation of using a firearm. He appeared in court on Friday and pleaded not guilty. Bail has been denied, and he is scheduled to return to court on June 20th.

If convicted of the charges, Wiggan faces a maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Investigation Continues

The tragic incident remains under investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Authorities are appealing to the public for any information that may assist in the investigation. Anyone with knowledge about the shooting is urged to contact the sheriff’s department.

Community Response

The Monrovia community is reeling from the loss of Gandara, who was known as a dedicated father and loving husband. Friends and neighbors have gathered to express their condolences and support his family.

“He was such a wonderful man,” said one neighbor. “He always had a smile on his face and was so good to his kids.”

A GoFundMe page has been set up to assist Gandara’s family with expenses related to his funeral and to support his wife and children.

This heartbreaking tragedy serves as a reminder of the devastating consequences of unchecked violence. The Monrovia community is united in mourning the senseless loss of Nicolas Gandara and is determined to find justice for his loved ones.

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