Marvin Laguan moved from Pasadena to Alhambra two or three months ago. The 18 year old wanted to “change his life around and get away from everything,” according to his friend Rosa Cardenas. But last Monday, Laguan was hanging out again in Pasadena with his girlfriend when two men approached him and fired between six and eight shots. Friends and family of Laguan gathered to raise funds to cover the funeral expenses at a car wash held over the weekend at Berg's Hardware in Pasadena. As they mourned him, they also celebrated the life of a man that Cardenas described as a loving son and father of a 3-year-old boy who "always put others before him.” Although he worked at Homeboy Industries — a gang prevention program in Chinatown — and Pasadena police say they have not ruled out gang affiliation, friends denied that he had ever been involved with a gang. Adriana Estrella, whose nephew was a friend of Laguan, also wanted to get the message out that he was neither a gang member nor affiliated with a gang. "He was one of those kinds of people you could trust," she said. With tears rolling down her cheeks, she described how much he loved his family and friends. She recalled the times when he saw her and would call her aunt, commenting that he always made anyone feel at home.Most of the people at the car wash were his friends, but thought of him more as family. Cardenas organized it with Laguan’s girlfriend, Kelly Ramirez. She described her late boyfriend as outgoing, funny, and "always trying to make someone laugh."The weekend's car wash drew more than 30 cars and many others dropping by just to donate. "He was a brother to me," Cardenas said.Pasadena Police are still looking for witness reports. If you saw anything, you are encouraged to call (800) 222-TIPS (8477) or text 274637. All tips remain anonymous.
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