Big Spring Family Grieves Another Loss


by Victor Lopez
NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING - 20-year-old Valerie Garcia and her family had just got home from a gathering at the park, during the Cinco de Mayo weekend.

No one could have imagined how their festivities would end.

"They had spent the day at the park.  They were just standing there, the girls were sitting here and the boys were just there talking. All of the sudden I had just walked out and just heard some bullets, and we all ran and got down," Janie Rios, Valerie Garcia's Mother-In-Law, said. 

Big Spring PD says they are investigating the shooting, as gang related.

"There's some family members from the Rios' family that are involved in some drug dealing, and then the Latin Kings, our investigations that we have done in the past, and this one here, looks like's it's going to be related to the same,  that's is all over drug territory," Lt. Terry Chamness with the Big Spring Police Department, said.

Officials and family members agree, the situation between the Rios' family and the Latin Kings has gotten way out of hand.

"It didn't have to go this far. Innocent people got shot. Who they were trying to shoot, they didn't," Rios said.

"Unfortunately innocent bystanders are getting involved in this," Chamness said.

Garcia's death comes less than a month after another shooting on the west side of Big Spring, claimed the life of 38-year-old, Pat Rios, on April 7th.   Something that is extremely hard for the family to handle.

"It's crazy, I never thought this would happen, never," Rios said.
 
Also injured during the shooting, was Garcia's common law husband, Daniel Rios, and their 3-year-old daughter Ariana.

Those who knew her want people to know the kind of person Valerie was.

"Valerie was a beautiful girl, she was always happy, she always worried about her kids, that was her first priority," Eva Pacheco, Valerie's Sister-in-Law, said.

Garcia leaves behind three children, ages 5, 3, and 11 months.