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Reward Increased In House Party Murder Case

Kayla DeBordeFRESNO COUNTY — In an attempt to locate and arrest those accountable for a recent shooting that killed two teenagers, including former mountain area resident Kayla DeBorde, Valley Crime Stoppers is increasing the reward in the case to $3,000.

At 11:40 p.m. on Jan. 29, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office dispatch center received a 911 call of shots fired at a home on the 7200 block of Orange Ave. in Fresno. A large party was taking place at this location and there were 100 – 125 guests in attendance.

A disturbance broke out and shots were fired. Kayla DeBorde, 19, of Fresno, and William Harris, 17, of Fresno, were struck by bullets and killed. A third person who was shot went to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Deputies arrived on scene and detained several people for questioning. No arrests have been made.

Investigators believe that both teenagers and young adults attended the party. Detectives are asking the public for help in obtaining video and pictures taken at the party on the night of the homicides. Detectives have already collected some video, but are seeking more.

It is common for partygoers to share video and pictures among themselves, but in this case it is critical that it also be shared with detectives who are attempting to identify potential witnesses, victims and suspects. Citizens can email the video and pictures to jose.diaz@fresnosheriff.org.

Detectives have learned through their investigation that this party was advertised on social media, which likely contributed to it becoming such a large gathering. The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the public about the potential dangers of advertising events to a wide, unknown audience. Doing so increases the chances of people from rival groups showing up and causing trouble.

Anyone with additional information on this case should call the Fresno County Sheriff’s Detective Jose Diaz at (559) 600-8206, the dispatch center at (559) 600-3111 or Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-STOP (7687). You will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a $3,000 cash reward.

Case # 16-1621

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