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Shooting Claims Life Of Former Oakhurst Student

FRESNO — A young woman who attended school in the Oakhurst area before moving to Fresno has been identified as one of two people killed during an incident at a house party in Fresno County on Friday night.

Kayla DeBorde was at a house in the 7200 block of Orange Ave. in Fresno with an estimated 100-125 other people, when a disturbance broke out and shots were fired, according to the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office.

At 11:40 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 29, dispatchers received a 911 call of shots fired at the home, and upon arriving at the scene, found that two people had been killed. One was later identified as Kayla DeBorde, 19, and the other as William Harris, just 17 years old. A third person was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Kayla reportedly leaves behind a 17-month-old baby.

A prayer vigil for the two young people whose lives were lost in this tragedy will be held at 5 p.m. today, Sunday, Jan. 31, at Easton Presbyterian Church, 5895 South Elm Avenue in Fresno. This will also be an opportunity for the community to lend their financial support to the families.

Anyone wishing to make donations is invited to contribute to a GoFundMe account at https://www.gofundme.com/6xmbfx24

At this hour, no suspects in the murders have been identified by the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone with additional information on this case or any other homicide case should call the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office at (559) 600-3111 or Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-STOP (7687). You will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a $1,000 cash reward.

It’s believed 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 amongst 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

Kayla DeBorde memorial service flier

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