SEPT21NABORwebMurder is always a tragedy, but the slaying of a young college grad, who was senselessly killed in the backyard of his Jefferson Park childhood home, was especially shocking.

Eight months ago, on December 13, 2020, the family of Nabor Galvez, 24, awakened to gunshots. They soon discovered Nabor lying on the pavement, his body riddled with bullets, later learning that the killers, driving a BMW, had followed Nabor as he drove from his girlfriend’s to his own home. After he parked and walked to his door, Nabor was ambushed. The killers jumped out of their car, ran toward him and fired numerous gunshots. And then they sprinted back to the vehicle, driving away.

To date, the killers – two shooters and a driver – have not been arrested nor identified. Their motive is unknown.

Nabor Galvez’s family and friends are now mounting a growing press and social media campaign to draw attention to the case, to seek justice by encouraging any witness to identify those responsible for the murder, and to introduce the public to the young man who was more than a victim.

As his cousin, Cristal Torres, has written: “Nabor dedicated his life to his studies, his family, and friends. He was a proud graduate from California State University, Northridge where he majored business law who aspired to be a lawyer to advocate for his community. He was a loving son who dedicated his time during COVID supporting his mother’s flower shop. He was a charismatic optimistic young man who had many goals and aspirations such as creating a clothing business.”


In April, CD10 Council Member Mark Ridley-Thomas introduced a City Council motion authorizing a $50,000 reward for information leading to the killers.  To date, no one has responded. So now the family is asking for the reward to be increased, in the hope that might encourage a witness or individual with information to step forward to contact the LAPD Crimestoppers at or by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). The tip can be anonymous.

In the meantime, family and friends are doing their best to keep Nabor’s memory alive, with the hashtag #JusticeForNaborGalvez and posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram:

There you will see photos of a smiling and happy Nabor Galvez. That's how his sister, Corina Galvez, says she will remember him. “He was my best friend, caring, compassionate,” she told NBC News. “He had so many dreams and aspirations and I was so excited to see him accomplish everything. But that was stolen from us.”

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