Skip to Content

Father of Three Killed Over a Fake $20 Bill While Working One Night a Week at Taco Bell in South L.A.

12:53 PM PST on January 10, 2022

    Violent tragedy struck at a South L.A. Taco Bell this past Saturday night. A father of three was murdered at the drive-thru while working amid a grisly weekend in Southern California that also saw a man light an Anaheim gas station on fire, a woman’s charred corpse discovered in Long Beach, and six people shot outside a warehouse party, following two years of rising homicides in the city.

    Forty-one-year-old Alejandro Garcia was working the night shift alongside his 19-year-old son at the Taco Bell on East Century Boulevard just west of Avalon, in South L.A.’s small Green Meadows neighborhood. Shortly before 11 PM, Garcia was shot in the drive-through by a gunman wielding a semiautomatic pistol, following what investigators think was an argument over a counterfeit $20 bill. Reportedly shot in the heart, a Go Fund Me account set up to raise money for Garcia’s funeral claims he was killed instantly.

    Family members tell ABC News that the murder occurred after Garcia’s son refused to accept the fraudulent bill for an order.

    "I guess they got upset and they just started shooting," said the victim’s cousin, Nancy Garcia del Sol. "My nephew was close by so he closed the window but the shots ... they went in. [He] got shot in the heart, and that's what killed him, and he died there ... in front of his son's presence."

    Police are now searching for two male suspects between the ages of 20 to 25, with no word on whether the suspects or their ride were captured on a security camera.

    Garcia, it is said, was only working at Taco Bell one evening a week to make money for his family.

    In a statement, Taco Bell offered, "We are shocked and saddened to hear that this happened… Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of the team member in this difficult time.” The company says the location’s franchisee is assisting with the investigation.

    Of course, much more than corporate condolences will be needed to see this family through a devastating loss like this murder. Fast food restaurants are a dangerous environment to work in. A recent report by Fight for $15 published last December shows that violent activity at fast-food restaurants across California generates tens of thousands of 911 calls a year. During this same weekend, a worker at a Burger King in Harlem was also killed while on the late shift. Last week in Mid-Wilshire, there was an altercation between a clerk at 7-11 and a man that led to a fatal stabbing as well.

    In a time when fast-food chains and independent restaurants alike are voluntarily raising wages to fill ever-vacant job positions and entice people to come in and work during the dangerous pandemic age, here’s hoping Yum! Brands, which owns and franchises the Taco Bell brand and pulls in over $5 billion a year in profit, can step up and make it so Garcia’s children need never work again.

    Stay in touch

    Sign up for our free newsletter

    More from L.A. TACO

    What To Eat In L.A. This Weekend: Mexican-Style Pastrami, ‘Trashburgers,’ and Flamin’ Jim Morrisons

    Plus, a new shawarma spot in Tarzana and the country's first wine festival dedicated solely to orange "skin contact" wine happening in Hollywood.

    April 19, 2024

    The 11 Best Backyard Restaurants in Los Angeles

    Despite many requests to publish this guide, L.A. TACO has been somewhat protective of these gems to not "burn out the spots." However, we wanted to share it with our small, loyal pool of paid members, as we appreciate your support (and know you to be okay, non-NARCs). Please enjoy responsibly and keep these 'hood secrets...secrets.

    April 18, 2024

    Announcing the TACO MADNESS 2024 Winner: Our First Ever Three-Time-Champion From Highland Park

    Stay tuned for the new date of our TACO MADNESS festival, which was unfortunately postponed this last Saturday due to rain.

    April 15, 2024

    What To Eat This Weekend: Cannabis-Infused Boat Noodles, Thai Smashburgers, and “Grass & Ass”

    Plus, a pizza festival and a respected chef from Toluca, Mexico comes to Pasadena to consult for a restaurant menu, including enchiladas divorciadas, and more.

    April 12, 2024
    See all posts