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Friends remember West Garza's final performance at Cactus Theater

Cactus Theater mourns West Garza Cactus Theater mourns West Garza
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Friends and fellow entertainers at the Cactus Theater gathered to remember West Garza on Monday.

Garza was very involved with plays and musical performances at the theater.

"He did what he did best that night. He performed and he gave his all, to the people he loved most."

Dustin Garrett, the Band Leader at the Cactus Theater, recalls West Garza's final performance at the Cactus Theater this past Friday night - a performance friends and family never dreamed would be his last.

"This is such a tragedy that we, all of us that loved him, the Cactus Family, have lost him like this," Don Caldwell said.

"My heart is broken. And it hurts," Jane Prince Jones said. "And I know everyone is feeling the same thing."

The Cactus Theater family say Garza touched the lives of many, young and old.

Eighteen year old Ross Raedeke says Garza was his role model.

"I have and always will look to West Garza as the kind of man that I want to be," he said.

But it wasn't just his positive spirit that left a mark on those who knew Garza, it was the way he used his talents to make the community a better place, through his music and entertaining, not only on the stage at the Cactus Theater, but at several different churches in the area.

"I think that many Catholic people were touched with his Christian music and the music that he played during mass," Garza's friend Beck Lopez said.

Friends say they'll always remember Garza's kindness, personality, and of course his passion for performing.

"He was full of love and he shared his love with everybody around him," Caldwell said.

"There are angels among us, and I really truly believe that West was one of those angels," Jones said.

"The impact that West had on us, and this family, and this community I believe will last forever," Raedeke said.

"His legacy is on that stage, and caring for so many people," friend and fellow musician Jere Lowe said. "Because everybody loved him."

There will be a public candlelight vigil in honor of Garza at Cactus Theater on Thursday night at 7 p.m.

Garza's funeral has been scheduled for Friday at 10 a.m. at Saint Michaels in Levelland.

You can watch performances from Garza's band here on Facebook: www.facebook.com/thugarzas/timeline

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