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Garbis Yaghlagian Shot, Killed at Gary’s Automotive

Business Owner Killed by Employee in Fatal Costa Mesa Shooting

Costa Mesa, CA (June 8, 2020) – An owner of an auto repair shop was shot and killed by an employee in Costa Mesa. The fatal shooting occurred on the afternoon of June 8 at Gary’s Automotive.

A customer of Gary’s Automotive, located on 1995 Harbor Boulevard, called police when she found man unresponsive and slumped over in his office. The man was identified as 60-year-old Huntington Beach resident Garbis Yaghlagian, the owner of the auto repair shop. 

Police officers discovered that the man had suffered a gunshot wound. An employee of the shop, 31-year-old Francisco Javier Castaneda, was seen leaving the shop after a loud bang was heard. Castaneda was found near Victoria Street and Harbor Boulevard. He was arrested on murder charges.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to the friends and loved ones of Garbis Yaghlagian.


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