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Gun buyback held in honor of Matt Garcia

September 5, 2010 1:52:07 PM PDT
A former Fairfield city councilman was the inspiration for a gun buyback Saturday.

Fairfield police gave $100 gift cards to anyone who turned in a weapon.

The buyback celebrated the memory of Matt Garcia who was shot to death in front of a friend's home on Labor Day weekend two years ago. Garcia's parents were in attendance to support the gun drive and honor their son.

"Our goal isn't to stomp on anybody's Second Amendment rights. It's about getting those unwanted guns that get into the wrong hands and kill people, like what happened to our son Matt," said Garcia's mother Teresa Courtemanche.

Garcia was shot by drug dealers in what police call a case of mistaken identity. Last week, one of the two men convicted in his murder was sentenced to 50 years to life in prison.

Garcia was the country's youngest councilman.


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