Fairfield council member dies

Fairfield Councilman Matt Garcia died this morning at the John Muir Medical Center when mechanical systems that kept him alive since he was shot Monday were shut off.

A nursing supervisor at the hospital said the Contra Costa County coroner's office was summoned at around 6 a.m.

Garcia was clinically dead but was on life support until seven of his organs could be harvested. Family spokesman Ron Marlette said Garcia donated his heart, lungs, kidneys, liver and pancreas.

Fairfield's youngest councilman ever — he was elected at age 21 in November — was shot in the back of the head Monday outside a female friend's residence in the 5000 block of Silverado Drive in Cordelia around 8:30 p.m.

Police said a light-skinned black or Hispanic man, 5 feet 9 inches with a medium build in his late teens or early 20s got out of a late model American-made sedan and fired multiple shots, one of which struck Garcia. The suspect then fled in the vehicle.

Police said they recovered eight casings from a small-caliber weapon about 50 yards away from Garcia.

Nearly 100 local and state law enforcement agents and the FBI are looking for his killer, police said. Police on Thursday asked anyone with information, no matter how insignificant it might seem, to contact them.

A prayer service was held Thursday night at Parkway Community Church in Fairfield.

A community viewing is scheduled for Monday between 5 and 8 p.m. at the Liberty Christian Center at 2641 N. Texas St. in Fairfield.

A “Keep the Dream Alive” Celebration of Life Memorial will be held Tuesday at 4 p.m. at the football filed of Armijo High School, from which Garcia graduated, at 824 Washington St. in Fairfield.

A memorial fund has been established at First Bank at 2407 Waterman Blvd. in Fairfield. Donations to help with final arrangements and to continue support for programs and dreams near and dear to Garcia may be made out to the “Matt Garcia Memorial Fund, ” Marlette said.

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