West Garza leaves legacy of music, beauty behind

West Garza leaves legacy of music, beauty behind

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The "THU Garzas" band is missing a member tonight, after West Garza was tragically shot and killed on Sunday evening.

The band formed as a brother-sister duo with West and his sister, Dilly Garza, in 1976.

THU Garzas' unique spelling came from always playing Thursdays at Larry's Smokehouse Barbeque in Levelland.

The Garzas liked the way the Thursday abbreviation looked before their name, displayed on the marquee.

Their shows took them far beyond the restaurant, from events at the diocese to performances across Lubbock.

West was a regular performer at the Cactus Theater. On Monday afternoon, his friends and fans gathered to remember his last show on that stage last Friday night.

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His friends spoke about his character, saying it matched the beauty of his songs.

West's music is being heard across the nation tonight, in Minneapolis

Tisha Maksimovich considers West as her uncle, and wishes she could hold the rest of her family in Levelland as they grieve.

"I really do feel bad for everyone down there," Maksimovich  said, "and I wish them the best."

Maksimovich  remembers how West used his talents to soothe others, and wishes she could watch him perform one last song.

"We've lost some family members over the years, and West was always the one to do the music," she said. "He was always the best. He brought peace to people through his music."

Maksimovich, along with the rest of West's family and friends, are grateful for the video he left behind that captured his eloquent Spanish, his service, and most of all...his smile.

"He didn't need music to make you smile or change your life," she said. "He was a wonderful man even without that."

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