Family of Man Killed in Suspected Home Intrusion Calls for Arrest

Andy Garcia was shot and killed by a neighbor who told police Garcia was breaking into his home

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    Family members of a man shot and killed by his neighbor during a confrontation last week plan to hold a "walk for justice" Friday night calling for the shooter to be charged with murder.

    Andy Garcia, 20, was shot Saturday night by a neighbor when he allegedly tried to break into the neighbor's house. He escaped but collapsed in the backyard and died of his wounds early Sunday in the hospital. No arrests have been made.

    Garcia and his family had been at a party at their home on Primrose Avenue in Rialto, celebrating the high school graduation of his sister Miranda. Garcia had been drinking and was being driven to his grandmother's house when he jumped out of the car barefoot and ran toward the neighbor's house.

    Seconds later, family members heard gunshots. "We didn't hear no yelling ... nothing," said Ruben Cortez, Andy Garcia's stepfather. "All we heard was gunshots."

    Rialto police said Andy Garcia jumped over a fence into the neighbor's backyard, and they had evidence of a physical confrontation. Capt. Randy de Anda said the neighbor feared for his and his family's safety.

    The unidentified neighbor and his family have since moved away.

    Garcia's family members said the neighbor overreacted. On Friday night they plan to walk from the Garcia home to the Rialto police station, demanding an arrest.

    At a vigil for Andy Garcia Monday, Miranda Garcia tearfully remembered her brother has having "a big heart."

    "We were always together, always telling each other how we felt about things," she said. "I miss him so much."

    Jason Kandel contributed to this report