Close friends and loved ones shared their memories of Jonathan Garcia Thursday night. The 27-year-old fell to his death while cleaning windows at Trump International Hotel Wednesday afternoon.
The tight-knit group has known Garcia since grade school. They told 8 News Now they’re understandably overwhelmed with grief and will do their best to keep his legacy alive for his family.
“That’s what gets me the most, family friend Joel Morales said. “His daughters won’t be able to see their dad no more.”
Soul crushing sorrow colors the tears that fall, as these friends remember the friend they call their brother.
“Just the thought of him being gone,” Morales added. “That I am never going to see him again.”
Morales met Garcia when the two were just eleven years old. He looked back on his unyielding love for life and all the people he touched over the years.
“I’ve never seen the man angry,” Morales said. “I’ve never seen him angry, man. He was just good all around man.”
He said his friends and family feared for his safety in the past, due to the inherent danger of his job.
“We would tell him, be careful with that job man,” Morales recalled. “Aren’t you scared? Something is going to happen.”
His friend Jaime Michel vowed to devote every single day to Garcia’s two young daughters as they now grow up without their dad.
“Let them know your dad is an awesome man, Michel said. “Now he is up there just watching over you guys. We got you, bro. That’s all. We got you.”
This group will forever grieve the gaping hole in their hearts, but they hope their bond can bring them past this pain of the present.
“He’s our brother and we are never going to forget about him,” Morales said. “We’ll take care of his family so he doesn’t have to worry. Once we found out it was him we had to come together”
As they forge into a future fit for Jonathan’s strong and beautiful spirit.
“You ain’t got to worry about nothing,” Michel said.
Jonathan Garcia’s friends and family are holding three car washes this weekend to raise money for funeral expenses. Two will take place Sat. , Dec. 15 and Sun. Dec. 16 at 2104 N. Las Vegas Boulevard. Another will happen at the intersection of Charleston Boulevard and Rainbow Boulevard. All will start at 8:00 a.m. and run until dusk.
The family has also set up a go fund me account – if you’d like to donate click here