A young mother is trying to make sense of a horrible tragedy. Her husband was gunned down on the job this holiday weekend.
Twenty-eight-year-old Phillip Archuleta was one of the two security guards killed on Saturday. He was responding to a routine disturbance call on the fourth floor of Arizona Charlie’s Decatur.
Archuleta’s wife was in Mexico to celebrate the new year when her worst nightmare became a reality. Phillip wanted to go with her but he wasn’t able to take New Year’s Eve off.
It was the last time Anggi Guizar would see her husband. “I just went and I asked about Phil and when I said Phil, the security guard just looked down. So when he did that, my heart just dropped,” said Omar Flores-Palacios.
Flores-Palacios was a friend of Archuleta’s. But, he called him his big brother. “He was the best person I’ve ever met,” said Flores-Palacios.
Guizar said her husband was special. He had a big heart. It’s why she fell in love with him. “If anybody needed help. He was always the first one there,” Guizar said. “I was trying to figure out how we were going to tell the kids.”
Phillip leaves behind two children. His youngest is only 2-years-old. “It’s very sad to know that he will no longer be here with us but I know that he would hate to see me cry. It’s just sad,” she said.
The suspected killer, 29-year-old Christopher Olague, shot himself in the head on Saturday. He died on Tuesday. For Guizar, justice will never be served. “We were honestly all hoping that he would make it because we wanted him to pay,” she said. “He took the best that there was.”
Latosha White, 50, was the other security guard shot and killed on Saturday. She was an employee at Arizona Charlie’s for 27 years. His family said Archuletta adored White. They don’t plan on suing the casino.