Garafola had worked for the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office for 24 years. He was 45 years old.
“Everybody on this street depended on him,” his wife Tonja Garafola, told The Advocate.
Garafola was the father of four children, aged 7 to 21.
“He was a great guy. Not just a great law enforcement, he was a great husband and a great father,” she said. “He didn’t deserve this. He always helped everybody.”
Tonja Garafola drove home later in the day, without her husband. The Advocate reported family and friends were gathered at her house, watching the aftermath of the shooting unfold on television.
Her husband’s shift at the B-Quik convenience store was just an extra duty, she said. She was going to pick him up, and the next day, they were going to go on vacation.