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American Canyon Shooting Victim Remembered

ByRichard Moran

Aug 18, 2020

A recent high school graduate shot and killed while working at Safeway in the North Bay was remembered by hundreds at a vigil Monday.

Nathan Garza, 18, was shot and killed in the supermarket parking lot Sunday in American Canyon as he helped a woman with her groceries. 

His family, Fairfield community and his baseball family gathered in the lot to remember a young man who planned to attend college and dreamed of playing professional baseball.

A coach who watched him grow up says it’s like losing a son.

“After every practice or game no matter how well he did or how poorly, he would walk up to each coach, extend his hand and tell the coach ‘thank you,’ not many kids do that,” said Armando Moreno, Garza’s baseball coach.

After the shooting, the Napa County Sheriff’s Department found the suspected shooter’s car and arrested 23-year-old Christopher Young of Martinez. 

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Richard Moran

Richard Moran loves to write about sports with the Golden State Online. Before that, he worked as a senior writer at ESPN. Richard grew up in San Diego and graduated from the University of San Diego in 2004, after which he worked as an editor for five years.

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