Slain Fairfield man loved family, laughter

By From page A1 | April 23, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Gustavo Banda, the 27-year-old man killed in a shooting Saturday, loved his wife and two young sons, was always telling jokes and – reflecting his Los Angeles roots – was a fan of the Lakers and Dodgers, family members said Tuesday.

“He was always protecting everybody,” said his sister, Roxana Banda, 21. “He tried to keep everybody safe.”

She’ll remember her brother Gustavo playing with his 4-year-old and 6-month-old sons.

Gustavo Banda had lived in Fairfield for four years, worked packing bottles at a winery and wanted to return to Los Angeles, his sister said. He grew up in south central Los Angeles and had been involved with the 18th Street gang there, Roxana Banda said.

“Where we’re from there’s crazy stuff,” she said.

His mother Daniela Banda said her son wasn’t a gang member here, but did know people in gangs.

Gustavo Banda was taken to NorthBay Medical Center after the shooting on Union Avenue just north of Travis Boulevard. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Roxana Banda said her brother was at a party Saturday and got a phone call from someone – the family doesn’t knew who – that he answered and led to this death.

“They had everything set up,” she said of her brother’s killers.

Roxana Banda said she wants an end to the violent crimes that have hit Fairfield.

“I would like everything to stop,” she said. “Just stop.”

But she wonders whether that’s likely.

“They’ll never listen,” Banda said of those responsible for crime. “They keep doing the same thing.”

Her brother, who liked to draw, had tattoos including a pair of horns on his head and the letters “L.A.” with a spider web on his right arm, his sister said.

“He would do everything for everybody,” Roxana said of her brother.

The homicide investigation into Banda’s death is ongoing, police said. It was the fifth homicide of the year in the Fairfield-Suisun City area and the third in an eight-day period.

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  • CD BrooksApril 23, 2014 - 6:16 am

    This is not the Middle East yet here we are, terrorists in our community Given our close association with TAFB, it seems we should have them eradicated rather quickly. No? Why?

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  • rockin the truthApril 23, 2014 - 7:27 am

    Let's not let the word love be so misused. Was anyone 'sad' enough to try and get him out of gangs? Was anyone sad enough to tell him to stay away from gang members? It is not love to enable someone in life, then claim to be sad when they die of what you knew all along they should not be involved with. This death is not sad, what is sad is the fact it was preventable.

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  • Rita GoldenApril 23, 2014 - 8:40 am

    He had a wife, a four year old child and a six month old child? Seems to me he should have been home with them and not partying. But that's just my opinion of what a loving father should be doing on a Saturday night.

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  • Danny BuntinApril 23, 2014 - 8:54 am

    The way the story starts off, you would think this was a case of "wrong place wrong time" scenario. They left out what his favorite TV show was - why?

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  • boomApril 23, 2014 - 9:00 am

    The police aren't smart enough to figure out when you make an injunction against the local gangsters, you're basically asking the out of town bangers to move in and set up shop. Why no injunction against surenos?

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  • MustBeJokingApril 23, 2014 - 9:06 am

    Her brother, who liked to draw, had tattoos including a pair of horns on his head and the letters “L.A.” with a spider web on his right arm, his sister said. Sounds like a wonderful father and role model. I can't imagine why anyone would target him. And he was so close to completely turning his life around. Press play. Rewind.....

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  • Concerned CitizensApril 23, 2014 - 9:22 am

    Perhaps it's because Fairfield gangs don't want the brutality of 18th Street thugs here in Nor Cal. The local thugs should be cooperating with law enforcement to eradicate this crap from their community. Besides this belongs in the prisons not the streets where innocent people are getting hurt. But if citizens do nothing without realizing they out number this evil, then they are condoning it and that's sad, lacks faith and is cowardly. Whoever said our government needs to work on domestic terrorists, I agree. Bring in the National Guard and do an immigration sweep of all gang bangers and their families. Hit them where it hurts most.

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  • boomApril 23, 2014 - 9:39 am

    Well, if you objectively look at situation, the surenos are a much bigger and more violent gang who's membership stretches many borders(state and national). The nortenos are pretty much relegated to anything above Fresno and are a much much smaller gang. The point that I was trying to make is that if the police have an injunction against the nortenos, it basically makes Fairfield a sureno stronghold. Does that not make sense? I don't want ANY gangbanger running around our streets and harming people, but I surely don't want gangsters starting to immigrate to Fairfield from LA(much like the immigration from Oak, Richmond etc.)because they know the police are looking at the other guys.

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  • Mark TeaApril 26, 2014 - 2:14 pm

    Of vastly greater significance with respect to this gang issue are the federal and state policies that are forced on the locals. The Obama administration and the one-party Democrat rulers in this state are in a full-force frenzy for uncontrolled immigration with effectively no internal enforcement against those who are here illegally. This makes it virtually impossible for the most seriously impacted locales to do much in the way of defending themselves. Look up the highest homicide rates by county in California, you will see they are the poorest and most overrun with the "undocumented" (also with the worst unemployment, though the politicians are constantly whining that they're all "coming for jobs".) Yet the Norteno-Sureno gang warfare that is primarily responsible for these statistics is rarely even mentioned. I can recall a student being shot in the head at the gate of a high school in Salinas--not carried on any TV news though "school shootings" typically draw national attention. This latest instance appears to be another ominous indication of the increasing violence between criminal elements outside of the competing gangs with the Mexican population. But don't hold your breath to see Kamala Harris or anyone else up the line even begin to acknowledge this. We're "celebrating diversity", remember?

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  • urneighorApril 23, 2014 - 9:33 pm

    U wannabe, u dont know squat, maybe police should check into what northerners recently got paroled

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  • Me Fairfield long timeApril 23, 2014 - 9:42 am

    Just think, in a few years when his sons get older all this will probably play out again. Only Fearfield home grown!

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  • paqkleaderApril 23, 2014 - 10:27 am

    "...if it walks and talks like a duck..probably a duck..."

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  • CarlosApril 23, 2014 - 10:34 am

    Bull ! This guy got what he asked for ! Good riddance ! Another useless piece of cr@p off the streets !

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  • clancyApril 23, 2014 - 10:39 am

    I can't understand why this article is even I'm the paper , is this some kind of joke? One less Thug on the streets or in jail being cared for off out tax dollars. But really can someone tell us why this article was even written ?

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  • Mr CholoApril 23, 2014 - 11:02 am

    Maybe it's the whole Good Reported/ Bad Reporter bit. DR goes to the family for a bleeding heart article & we get to learn what this loser was truly like.

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  • DlApril 23, 2014 - 10:51 am

    SK14 Sounds like his sister is using the paper/media to send a message to the 18th street gang to come retaliate against the northerners. I would not be surprised if the FFPD has not had their gang unit translate the message yet.

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  • clancyApril 23, 2014 - 11:13 am

    Thank you bet you are both right.

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  • SickSadWorldApril 23, 2014 - 11:19 am

    He got a phone call prior to being shot?!?....Clever for the gangs to be so smart to call this man out and shoot him!. I'm not sure what the point of this article is...Obviously he was loved by his family...But his individual choice was to gang bang....NO amount of love can make people change and this family can't pull the wool over the eyes of this community by saying what a great man he was! Oxymoron! This town is a craphole and will continue to be!. I truly feel sorry for the police and how this could effect our tax dollars when they need to be able to put more officers on the streets. Sick dad world we are living in!!.

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  • Cold TruthApril 23, 2014 - 11:21 am

    that entire street gang should be euthanize and travion gardens and everyone with criminal gang ties residing there should be NUKED ..this story is not newspaper material and more than likely if he received a call from the suspected killers or a set up committee then the police should have his cell phone and the mysterious callers number and a more valuable article could have taken this space because live by the sword die by the sword...CHEERS

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  • clancyApril 23, 2014 - 11:45 am

    The police should know exactly who these people are where they live where they hang out and what they drive. If not they need to find out . get these people out of our community and country. I would say call the feds but Obama wants immigration reform and clemency for drug offenders .

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  • byronApril 23, 2014 - 2:08 pm

    What a nice gang banger...Sheesh!

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  • General Fadi BasemApril 23, 2014 - 4:15 pm

    "Hello Gustavo, this is Gunman. Would you please come outside so I can cap yo' azz??" Is that how the phone call went? Noooo...probably went like this: "Hello Gustovo. This is Customer. Can you come outside and sell me some sheeeet?" They come from Detroit--they come from LA--they come from Oakland--they come from Richmond--So exactly how in the heck can we keep them from coming here?? You want it to stop--so stop moving here and stop breeding more future criminals!! Boom asked earlier in the comments "Why no injunction against surenos?". I reached into the GFB archives and came up with this (some edits) comment posted April 18 2014: Two dogs in a fight? You wanna' break it up? Grab the smaller dog! Easier to handle. A coupla' years ago a civil lawsuit was filed. It was filed against a local street gang/prison gang/terrorist group. A trial was held. A result was obtained from the trial--the decision was against the local street gang/prison gang/terrorist group. An injunction was granted to the City of Fairfield against the Norteno criminal street gang/prison gang/terrorist group. Now perhaps Chief Tibbet can address the current lack of will to pursue a similar injunction against the bigger dog at the April 29 town hall meeting on crime.

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  • boomApril 23, 2014 - 8:04 pm

    @General Fasi..You are absolutely correct. If the ffpd put an injunction against the surenos, the surenos would put a hit on ffpd cops, and those dudes aint playin. BTW, wanna know what drug that the southerners are pushing into our streets fresh outta LA? Heroin. So, if you want your kid to be a junkie, stand by and do nothing while these bums invade our neighborhoods and start selling 'junk'.

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  • D.April 23, 2014 - 5:22 pm

    I'm as sick as every other law abiding resident in Fairfield about what's been going on lately. However, to celebrate a person's death as many of you have been here is sickening in its own right and actually stooping to their level. It's not helping matters to act sadistic like that. But I guess if the environment around you is nothing but filth, then I shouldn't be surprised if nothing but filth comes out of you.

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  • MattApril 23, 2014 - 6:09 pm

    This towns disgusting. I'm done with it. I'm a hardworking taxpaying citizen and I'm done helping support Fairfield. I'm getting out before my family gets caught in the crossfire of these monkeys. I'm sure you'll see a lot of other people follow suit in the next 5 years.

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  • Mark TeaApril 26, 2014 - 2:21 pm

    Problem: you're going to run into a lot of traffic coming the other way. We're under siege all over and the safer places are getting bid up through the roof. First option that occurs to me is to start deputizing citizens are really start putting the fear into the criminal element, but this state is so far gone it would be hard to find a place with any local political guts. The sheriffs in El Dorado and Stanislaus counties are two that have stepped up on 2nd Amendment and federal overreach though.

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  • Dr RussApril 23, 2014 - 6:34 pm

    The solution here is quite simple. Arm yourself, refuse to be a victim, and jury nullification. Some low life gets laid low by a decent human, that guy walks free from prosecution IMO. You are entitled to a jury trial, made up of your peers (Solano County Residents). Your peers are just as sick of this bull as you are. Only takes one person to hang a jury. If it happens a second time, the DA will likely dismiss the case. Once word gets out that it's open season, those undesirables will move on. You can apply for a concealed weapons permit with Solano County Sheriff.

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  • EMSgirl64April 24, 2014 - 8:36 am

    Dr. Russ BRAVO!

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  • just sayin'April 23, 2014 - 6:58 pm

    Once Again our "newspaper" wasted space on a HUG A THUG article.

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  • Me Fairfield long timeApril 23, 2014 - 8:37 pm

    But how else would we be able to discern a person from an "innocent victim & a loser thug"?

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  • open-minded personApril 23, 2014 - 8:33 pm

    Condolences and prayers to the family. Too many are dying young these days.

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  • Me Fairfield long timeApril 23, 2014 - 8:47 pm

    Of their own doing...

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  • urneighorApril 23, 2014 - 9:26 pm

    Must be joking, u sound like a nortenos girlfriend. Any comments any of u make dont mean squat.

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  • urneighorApril 23, 2014 - 9:40 pm

    One thing we know forsure FFPD wont solve this case. They dont care. If your black or brown consider it a cold case. If your white or from money, theyll try their best. Its not just about gangs from out of town. Were here, from here. Citizens. Northerners and Southerners. From all over Cali. Get used to it.

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  • bill hardyApril 23, 2014 - 10:10 pm

    the guy was a piece of trash, he got what he deserved, and the police should round up the rest of the immigrants that constitute the problem. Just because he has some kids, they make a big deal, but he was scum, and his kids will be scum just like their father, and his entire immigrant roots.

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  • urneighorApril 24, 2014 - 8:19 am

    U sound like an old bitter trailer park living ass honky. Probably living alone no job n no friends. He had a job family and friends. Jealousys a curse

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  • Jose SixPacApril 24, 2014 - 4:55 pm

    urneighor: And you sound like the next "victim" we will be reading about in the news. Hope it's soon...

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  • urneighorApril 25, 2014 - 6:55 pm

    Haha ur pathetic

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