“He was a good friend. He was always uplifting. He was a funny guy,” said Alex Garcia, 25, who is a sergeant in the Marine Corps.
Lloyd Vernis, 29, served with Galvez in Ramadi, Iraq. When Vernis opened a barbershop called The Pride on Firestone Boulevard, Galvez persuaded his fellow Downey police officers to patronize the business. Galvez got a haircut there about once a week, Vernis said.
“He loved the Corps. He loved the police force. He was always around here in Downey. He knew everyone, and everyone knew him. … He was just full of life,” Vernis said before breaking down in tears.
Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Los Angeles) said in a statement that she was “shocked and saddened” by Galvez’s death.
“My deepest sympathies and prayers are with Officer Galvez’s family, friends, and co-workers in this difficult time,” she said.