Family and friends gathered Tuesday evening for a viewing for one of the six people killed in a mass shooting at a Hialeah apartment complex.
Many of Carlos Gavilanes' family and friends attended his viewing service held at Funeraria Memorial Plan San José in Hialeah. They had plenty to say about the 33-year-old husband, father of two and avid handball player.
"Carlos was a great guy, a very funny guy, a family man," said one.
"He was a very good person, hard working man," said Derek Rivera.
Gavilanes was killed Friday evening by Pedro Vargas, who at the time was actually aiming at first responders, arriving on the scene to fight spreading smoke and flames of $10,000 in cash Vargas set on fire, before his shooting rampage at a Hialeah apartment complex.
"I know this is a hard time," said Luis Menendez.
Meanwhile, a memorial of candles, cards and flowers outside the complex grows for all of the six victims who lost their lives.
The funeral Mass will be held at St. John the Apostle Church, 475 E. 4th Avenue in Hialeah, at 11 a.m. Wednesday. The burial will follow at Miami Memorial Park, 6200 SW 77th Avenue in Miami.
Donations to the families of the victims can be made to: Survivors Pathway, PO Box 138882, Hialeah, FL 33013