Police say that the three alleged shooters have ties to gangs

By Chris Harris
November 24, 2015 01:10 PM
Downey Police Dept.

Three men – including two brothers – were arraigned Monday on charges connected to the fatal shooting of Downey, California, policeman Ricardo “Ricky” Galvez, a police spokesman tells PEOPLE.

Jeremy Alvarez, 21, and Steven Knott, 18, are charged with killing the former Marine during a botched robbery outside the Downey police station last week.

Abel Diaz, a 16-year-old from Bellflower, California, is being charged as an adult with Galvez’s murder as well.

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Alvarez and Knott are brothers as well as aspiring rappers, according to the police spokesman.

All three men are also charged with attempted robbery and weapons charges. The police spokesman tells PEOPLE all three suspects have alleged ties to California gangs.

Diaz is being held on $1 million bail while Alvarez and Knott are being held without bond. They have not yet entered pleas.

Galvez’s funeral has been scheduled for Nov. 30 with a viewing set for the day before at the Downey Civic Theatre.

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