By Steve Chamraz. CREATED Oct 14, 2013 - UPDATED: Oct 14, 2013
MILWAUKEE -- The man slain early Saturday on the city's northwest side was remembered by his family Monday night as a smiling and gentle giant.
"That's what I want them to remember, having that smile," said Larry Gallien, Sr. of this 29-year-old namesake son.
Gallien, Jr. was shot and killed around 2:30 a.m. Saturday while working as a bouncer at a tavern in the 6400 block of N. Fond du Lac Ave.
Police have released little information about the shooting, though Gallien, Sr. believed his son was trying to intervene in a fight.
"They had a confrontation in the parking lot and something else came down," he said. "I don't know what it was, next thing you know they heard gunfire"
At 6' 5" and 300-plus pounds, Gallien looked imposing, but his father said he was really a teddy bear. Gallien, Sr. didn't like the idea of his gentle son doing the dangerous work of a bouncer.
The family is also breaking the news to the young daughter Gallien leaves behind.
The four-year-old is slowly realizing the huge presence in her life -- is gone.
"They ask 'where is the big guy today?' and she said he's with God. That was her answer for that, but how much she understands, I don't know," he said.