By Amanda Thomason  January 17, 2022 at 9:23am

A man pulled into the drive-thru of a Taco Bell in South Los Angeles on the night of Jan. 8. After placing his order, he attempted to pay for it with a $20 bill — but the employee at the window refused to accept it, believing it was a fake.

An argument broke out between the customer and another employee, ending when the customer pulled out a gun and fired at the employee.

Police arrived a short while later to find the employee, 41-year-old Alejandro Garcia, dead in the restaurant’s kitchen.

Garcia, a father of three, worked part-time at the Taco Bell where his 19-year-old son Carlos also worked to help earn more money for his family. It was his son who had refused the cash as counterfeit.

Family, friends and supporters held a vigil for Garcia on Tuesday night, denouncing violence and remembering Garcia as a hardworking, caring family man.

At the vigil, LAPD Chief Michael Moore announced that the suspect had been arrested and was being held on a $2 million bond, according to KTLA-TV.

“The LAPD South Bureau Homicide Division, investigators identified Jonathan Madden, a male, Black, 39-years-old, of Los Angeles, as the individual responsible for the murder of Garcia-Galicia,” the LAPD announced in a news release.

“On Monday, January 10, 2022, members of LAPD Gang and Narcotics Division located and arrested Jonathan Madden at his residence in South Los Angeles.

“On Wednesday, January 12, 2022, the investigation will be presented to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office for filing consideration.”

Fox News reported that Madden has been charged with murder and two counts of attempted murder.

A GoFundMe was also started to help the family with memorial and other future costs, and so far, generous donors have given over $125,000.

Nancy Del Sol, who identified herself as Garcia’s cousin, shared her gratitude on Facebook on behalf of the entire family.

“Thank you all so much for your support and donations given to my cousin’s family,” she said Wednesday.

“The messages and calls of support have given the family a Light through this process of darkness and pain. We are grateful for so much love we have received from the community.”

Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she’s strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.

As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn’t really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.

She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she’s had teal hair.

With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children’s books with her husband, Edward.


Austin, Texas

Languages Spoken

English und ein bißchen Deutsch

Topics of Expertise

Faith, Animals, Cooking

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