Category Archives: Fatal shooting

Kevin Durant Plays With Heavy Heart After Shooting Death Of ‘Adopted Brother’

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant was in mourning Friday after a close friend he referred to as his “adopted brother” was killed in a shooting near Atlanta.

Authorities say Clifford Dixon was shot and killed in the DeKalb County community of Chamblee during his birthday party celebration at a bar and restaurant. He was 32.

Dixon grew up with Durant and Warriors guard Quinn Cook in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. As a teenager, Kevin Durant’s mother, Wanda Pratt, allowed him to move into her family’s home.

Since that time, Durant has referred to him as his “adopted brother.”

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said he talked with Durant and Cook before Thursday night’s Golden State 112-89 win over Indiana. Durant scored 15 points and had six assists in the game with Cook adding 2 points.

“I did speak with Kevin,” Kerr said. “Obviously, a very difficult time for Kevin and Kevin’s family…Quinn Cook was very close to the victim as well. So a very somber mood in shootaround today.”

“For most of us, we play or coach this game — this is kind of our refuge,” he added about Durant’s decision to play. “Being able to play. Being able to immerse yourself in a game is the best way to deal with something tragic, something difficult. I know he will be playing with a heavy heart…I hope he can lose himself in the game and find some joy ”

Chamblee police said Dixon had just arrived and was standing in the parking lot when someone shot him multiple times. He died of his injuries at Grady Memorial Hospital.

An investigation into the shooting is underway.

No Charges For Redwood City Officers In Fatal Shooting Of Kyle Hart

REDWOOD CITY (CBS SF) – Two Redwood City police officers will not be charged with criminal offenses in the death late last year of Kyle Hart, San Mateo County prosecutors said Wednesday.

Officers Roman Gomez and Leila Velez will not be charged for killing 33-year-old Hart at his Redwood City home on Dec. 10.

Prosecutors said Hart’s wife called police to the home because Hart was apparently trying to kill himself. Hart allegedly charged at officers with a butcher knife and when a stun gun didn’t work to stop Hart, one officer shot him.

Hart died at a hospital. He was a middle school teacher in the Palo Alto Unified School District.

In a letter to Redwood City police Chief Dan Mulholland, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said, “It is my conclusion that the use of force by the officers under the circumstances encountered by them on that date, which resulted in the death of Mr. Hart, was lawful.”

Anyone interested in reviewing the information related to the investigation is asked to get in touch with Chief Inspector John Warren of the district attorney’s bureau of investigations at (650) 363-4074.

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Destinee Hillery’s Family Seeks Answers About Fatal Hwy. 4 Shooting

CONCORD (KPIX 5) — An Antioch family is grieving the loss of a young woman who was killed on Highway 4 on Saturday. Officers with the California Highway Patrol say Destinee Hillery crossed all four lanes of the highway before veering off the road at the Willow Pass Road off ramp.

There have been three shootings since Saturday in the East Bay and the CHP is calling all of them targeted shootings. In the one on Highway 4, 25-year-old Destinee lost her life and the family is desperately searching for an answer to the senseless tragedy.

Fred Hillery lost a daughter he describes as a beautiful soul. He said she was full of life, with hopes of becoming a chef. While the CHP is calling these cases targeted gang shootings, the Hillery family knows Destinee was not part of any sort of gang.

“Anybody that knows her or knows our family and the type of close knit family we are would know that in no way shape or form, would we be involved in any gang relation,” said Fred Hillery.

According to the CHP, since November 1st, 2015, there have been 185 Bay Area freeway shootings, killing nine people. It has made 34 arrests, but hasn’t been able to put an end to the violence. Now, the Hillery family has become the latest victim.

“It just feels like something you can’t wake up out of. A nightmare you can’t wake up out of,” said David McCoy, Destinee’s uncle.

Destinee just turned 25 on March 3rd. She graduated from Deer Valley High School and was recently working as a manager at an Alamo Safeway. She was driving home from work around 2:30 p.m. in the afternoon when the shooting occurred. The family’s only hope now is that authorities will make an arrest soon in this case.

“Just give us some closure, some kind of I answer,” said Ruthie Johnson, Destinee’s aunt.

The family hopes keeping Destinee’s story in the news will help someone see it and have a tip that they can pass along to authorities. The CHP says it needs people to come forward to solve this crime. They can be contacted at their 24-hour tip line: (707) 917-4491.

USC Holds Memorial For Victor McElhaney, Slain ‘Son Of Oakland’

LOS ANGELES (CBS SF) — The University of Southern California is holding a memorial Tuesday evening for Victor McElhaney, who was fatally shot during a failed robbery in Los Angeles earlier in March.

The memorial is scheduled from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center Ballroom, according to The Daily Trojan, the university’s newspaper.

Victor is the son of Oakland city councilwoman Lynette Gibson McElhaney. The 21-year-old was a senior at USC’s Thornton School of Music studying jazz. He attended Oakland’s School for the Performing Arts and Cal State East Bay before transferring to USC in 2017. He would have turned 22 on April 13.

“Victor is not a homicide number or statistic or just another black boy gunned down in south-central Los Angeles,” said Lynette McElhaney during a news conference at USC last Tuesday.

“I want all of you to know that Victor came into the world a drummer. He was drumming from the moment he could sit up and not just hitting bins to make noise like all little human people do. Victor was listening for a sound.”

According to the Los Angeles Police Department, the incident was a single-victim shooting at the corner of Maple Ave. and Adams Blvd. in Los Angeles at around 12 a.m. on Sunday, Mar. 10.

Police said “three to four” male suspects approached McElhaney during the robbery and one shot him in the head. The group fled the scene in a vehicle and no suspects were taken into custody. Fire officials responded to the scene and found McElhaney in critical condition. He was transported to a local hospital, but died around 11 a.m.

“Victor was a son of Oakland. He was a musician who drew his inspiration from the beat, soul, and sound of the Town and he belonged in every nook and cranny of Oakland. I miss my baby. Please keep me, my family, and all of my son’s friends in your thoughts and prayers. We are beginning a new chapter in this reoccurring circle of violence…And it will take all of us together to make it through this tragedy,” said Lynette McElhaney in a statement on the night her son died.

A GoFundMe page for Victor was started by Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS), a Berkeley not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to ending mass homelessness, mass incarceration, and community violence.

So far, over $72,000 has been raised, beating the $50,000 goal. The page states that any funds raised over the goal will go toward “continuing Victor’s musical and anti-violence legacy in Oakland.”

Stanislaus County Deputy Will Stand Trial For Fatal Shooting Of Modesto Woman

SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY (CBS13) — The Stanislaus County Deputy involved in the shooting death of a Modesto woman two years ago will stand trial.

A judge said there was enough evidence against Justin Wall, who is accused of killing a woman during a police chase back in 2017. The charges were filed against deputy Justin Wall for the February 2017 shooting of Evin Olsen Yadegar during a pursuit.

Yadegar was sought in a battery at the Hampton Inn on Feb. 26, 2017, and deputies attempted to pull her over.

Previous testimony claimed the woman, Yadegar, was acting crazy as she tried to drive away from investigators in Ripon. On Thursday prosecutors said Yadegar actually stopped her car during the chase.

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The Stanislaus County Sheriff Jeff Dirkse issued a statement saying, “This is a tragic situation for everyone involved. We respect the criminal justice system and will wait for the process to be complete.”

According to the Sheriff’s office, Wall will remain on administrative duties through the trial.

Wall will be back in court on March 28 for his arraignment on information.

‘I’m Victor’s Mama’; Tearful Oakland Councilwoman Remembers Her Slain Son

LOS ANGELES (CBS SF) — Tearful and heartbroken, Oakland City Councilwoman Lynette Gibson McElhaney meet with reporters Tuesday, remembering her beloved son who was murder over the weekend in Los Angeles.

LAPD detectives said Victor McElhaney, a 21-year-old jazz student in USC’s prestigious Thornton School of Music, was shot during an apparent robbery attempt in a strip mall just after midnight on Sunday.

“I’m Victor’s mama,” Gibson McElhaney said. “It’s an identity I gained when he came into the world. My baby was amazing. Every mother says that but it was really true about this little Victor.”

According to police, three or four young men approached McElhaney, shot him, then jumped in a vehicle and drove away. It’s not clear if anything was taken. He was rushed to a nearby hospital and died at 11 a.m., Sunday morning.

Since word of his death became public, there has been an outpouring of grief by those who knew him.

“There was so much love for Victor,” his mother told reporters. “I didn’t want to make a show of this, but so many people wanted to talk to me. I couldn’t possibly handle all of it — not without him. Thanks for coming, this one time when my knees won’t buckle too much. Victor was my sunshine. I prayed every night, every day – Please don’t take my sunshine away.”

As Gibson McEhaney spoke, she was surrounded by family, friends and Oakland religious leaders during her news conference at USC. Her voice was filled with emotion and tears flowed from her eyes.

“Victor is not a homicide number or statistic or just another black boy gunned down in south-central Los Angeles,” she said. “I want all of you to know that Victor came into the world a drummer. He was drumming from the moment he could sit up and not just hitting bins to make noise like all little human people do. Victor was listening for a sound.”

USC student Aviana Spruill said McElhaney was more than a gifted drummer.

“I see him around the campus all the time so it still feels kind of unreal,” said Spruill. “Everyone that knew him knew he was always fighting for the causes that he believed in so it’s really jarring for it to happen.”

Gibson McEhaney said it was his love of jazz that brought him to USC and Los Angeles from his Oakland home.

“He came here because he wanted to be in the great pantheon of all this great jazz tradition that has been held in trust at USC,” she said. “We felt bounded in love in this place.

Gibson McElhaney was elected to the Oakland City Council in 2012. She represents District 3 – which covers Jack London Square, the city’s port, Lake Merritt and West Oakland and Downtown/Uptown.

“I was Victor’s mom, Victor was not Lynette’s son. He was the son of the village, the global village of people who loved him and he loved back,” she said.

Councilwoman McElhany lost a close family friend she considered a grandson to gun violence a few years ago. The 17-year-old boy was shot during a robbery in West Oakland on Christmas Eve in 2015. Over the past weeks, McElhany has been attending the trial of the man charged with the his murder.

Now she and her husband have lost their only son.

Victor attended Oakland’s School for the Performing Arts and Cal State East Bay before transferring to USC in 2017, where he was a senior. He would have turned 22 on April 13.

Through tears, Gibson McElhaney thanked everyone for their support.

“I’m crying,” she said. “But really I’m crying for all of those who never got to meet him and be touched by him.”