Fresno, Calif. (KFSN) — A northwest Fresno family was robbed of its patriarch when 51-year-old Victor Becerra was allegedly shot and killed by his neighbor more than two weeks ago.
The Fresno Police Department is still searching for 42-year-old Kevin King, who is accused of firing the bullet that killed Becerra at an apartment complex near Blythe Avenue and Austin Way on January 2nd.
“He didn’t just take a man from us. He took a father, son, husband, a grandpa,” said Becerra’s daughter, Noemi Becerra.
Noemi says the shot fired from the suspect’s apartment went through a shared wall and hit Becerra, who was holding his grandchild in the unit next door.
“We see the baby fall out of his hands. Then one moment to another, and then slowly, he fades away,” recalled Noemi.
Shocked by what happened, the family called 911. Becerra was rushed to the hospital where he later died.
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“I remember calling out to him ‘Papi, Papi! Please you can’t leave me!’ I was like, ‘Please wake up. You can’t leave me.’ I was like, ‘please wake up,’ Noemi explained.
Becerra is remembered as a man who loved to barbecue, go camping, and play with his grand baby.
Any chance he got to get his family together, he would get them together.
Officers say King was nowhere to be found when they arrived that night, and hasn’t been seen since.
“I want Mr. King to own up to what he did. I feel like if he wouldn’t have run, the circumstances would be different,” said Noemi.
Now, the family is hoping their neighbor will do the right thing and realize what he took from them.
“I’m not angry. I wish he would just own up to it,” said Noemi.
Photo of Kevin King, the suspect, provided by the Fresno Police Department.
King is wanted for voluntary manslaughter and child endangerment.
Police say King has been convicted of a felony in the past, so he should not have had a firearm in the first place.
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