Support pours in for families of two young men killed in San Marcos shooting

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The families and friends of the two young men killed in a San Marcos shooting last week said they will be remembered as caring members of their community who were active in sports and close to their families.

Friends Nicholas Tiefer, 20, of Vista, and Jesus Garcia, 19, of San Marcos, were shot just after 1:30 p.m. Jan. 4 near a small city park on West Borden Road near Las Posas Road, sheriff’s Lt. Chris Steffen said.

Investigators have shared few details about the homicides, and offered no information on a suspect. But Steffen has said detectives believe it was an isolated incident.

Family and friends created separate GoFundMe fundraisers this week, with the organizers of each page promising the funds will go to help both men’s families cover medical and funeral costs.

Tiefer, who graduated from San Marcos High School in 2020, was a star linebacker who recorded more than 200 tackles and 10 sacks during his two years on the Knights’ varsity squad, according to MaxPreps.com.

“The Knight Football Family is saddened to learn of the passing of our beloved Nick Tiefer,” read a tweet from the San Marcos football program’s Twitter account. “Nick played the game the way it is supposed to be played, with unrelenting passion and enthusiasm. Our prayers are with the Tiefer family.”

Following high school, Tiefer enrolled at Palomar College in San Marcos for the spring 2021 semester, Palomar college officials said.

“This is a tragedy for both families and our thoughts go out to all who have been impacted,” Palomar College Superintendent Star Rivera-Lacey said in a statement Tuesday. “To lose loved ones at such a young age is incredibly disheartening.”

Tiefer’s aunt, Amy Plessinger, wrote on her nephew’s fundraiser page that he was a “sweet boy” who was “a friend to everyone.”

Garcia graduated from San Marcos High in 2021. He was a huge soccer fan, said Maria Curtis on the GoFundMe page she organized to support Garcia’s parents. He had been part of the San Marcos United Soccer team, the San Marcos Revolution Soccer team and the San Marcos High junior varsity volleyball team, Curtis said.

“Jesus will be missed, not only by his family but also by the people whose lives he touched,” Curtis said. “He was a wonderful person and we all loved him. He will be truly missed.”

On the day of the shooting, deputies found Garcia on the ground near the park entrance with a gunshot wound to his chest, Steffen said. Tiefer was in the passenger seat of a nearby vehicle, with a gunshot wound to his neck.

Both were flown to hospitals. Garcia died the day of the shooting. Tiefer died Saturday.

Anyone with information about this incident was asked to call the Homicide Unit at (858) 285-6330 or after hours at (858) 565-5200. Anonymous tips can be left by calling Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.



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