The family of a New York City lawyer slain in a shooting while visiting Chile is looking for explanations. 38-year-old Eric E. Garvin’s parents claim he vanished on January 14 while visiting Santiago, Chile’s capital. They learned the tragic news from the neighborhood police a few days later, on Jan. 21, after they had discovered their son’s death in a hospital mortuary.
“This is the darkest chapter of our lives because we are living every parent’s worst nightmare,” his father, Eric D. Garvin, wrote on Facebook.
To learn more about what occurred, the bereaved father and his daughter Naomi travelled to Chile to speak with local officials and the U.S. Embassy in Santiago.
“What they told us is my son was innocently walking down the street, paused for a moment, took a snapshot of a building in a drug-infested area,” Garvin told ABC 7 New York. “And immediately following that, three gentlemen came across the street, grabbed my son and stole his phone and shot him three times and he died there on the scene.”
The lawyer, who is 38 years old, graduated from the University of Maryland with a J.D. in 2010. Additionally, came to Staten Island ten years ago, according to ABC 7 news. His father informed the news organization that his son relocated to Staten Island “to use his advocacy for individuals who are frequently not given much attention to,” and he gave examples of projects his son worked on, such as programs to lower gun violence. On Facebook, the victim’s father expressed his appreciation for the affection that has been shown to him and his family thus far.
“The first few days, we couldn’t see any light in this tragic news, but today we are beginning to see a glimmer of light and hope,” he wrote.
– Steve Sijenyi