Friends remember man killed by suspect in Starbucks

By Brittany Edney | bedney@lasvegasnow.com

Published 09/27 2016 11:30PM

Updated 09/27 2016 11:30PM

8 News NOW has learned more about the man shot and killed in a valley Starbucks Sunday.

The store located at Warm Springs Road and Rainbow Boulevard just reopened.  It was closed for two days after 34-year-old Pedro Garcia shot and killed 41-year-old Aleksandr Khutsishvili.

According to the Clark County Coroner's Office, Khutsishvili's official cause of death was a gunshot wound to the chest and his death was ruled a homicide.  

Those who knew Khutsishvili said the victim had fallen on hard times but was working to get his life together.  His friends called him Alek and hey said he was a hard-working Russian immigrant who was always the first person to lend a helping hand to others.

"He was one of our co-workers, said Tajdre Cotton.  "He was a cool guy actually; real nice and respectful."

Friends say only a few people knew Khutsishvili was homeless.

"He was trying to get his stuff together, like every American," said Christopher Washington, a friend.

But the little he had, he was willing to share.

"He actually bought me chips and everything because I didn't have any money, he was like 'you need something?'  You know, so real and a caring guy," said Washington.

Police say Garcia went into Starbucks after his card was declined at the drive-thru window, but when he got inside, he got into an argument with Khutsishvili. Officers say he shot twice into the ceiling before shooting him.

"It just sucks he went out like that, but he was always the type to fight for the good," Washington said.

"It really sucks what happened because he was more of a loving, caring person," Cotton said.  "Anybody that had problems or issues, Alek would always be there."

 

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