He took his time helping kids. He didn't mind staying home with newborns. He was the guy that ... didn't mind skipping fun to be with his nieces and nephews.
— Ray Castellanos, brother-in-law
Casanova was born in East Los Angeles. He was devoted to his parents, nine brothers and sisters and large extended family. He was well-known in his hometown of El Monte where he had been an altar boy at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.
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