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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