2021 Total Homicides: 36

Eric Ernest Pinder, 37

Date: 2021-04-20
Case Number: C01782-21
Cause of death:
Victim's Sex: NA
Accused's Sex: NA
Category: Shooting
Zip Code: 93305
Place of Death: At the scene
Agency: Kern County Sheriff's Office
Judicial Status: No arrests at this time.
Incident: Sheriff's deputies responded to reports of a shooting in the 1000 block of Water Street just after 11:50 p.m. Eric Pinder was found unresponsive and not breathing. KCSO says there is no suspect information available at this time

Anyone with more information can contact KCSO at (661) 861-3110.
GoFundMe Link: None Found. Know of one? Click here to let us know.

Jose Manuel Araujo, 39

Date: 2021-04-18
Case Number: C01745-21
Cause of death: Pending
Victim's Sex: Male
Accused's Sex: NA
Category: Shooting
Zip Code: 93307
Place of Death: Kern Medical
Agency: Kern County Sheriff's Office
Judicial Status: No arrests at this time.
Incident: Jose Araujo, a Tulare man, was shot about 20 minutes after midnight on White Lane, near South Union Avenue. He was pronounced dead just before 4 AM at Kern Medical. KCSO officials said Araujo may have been at a party in the area, and a disturbance led up to the shooting. Anyone who knows more about the incident can call KCSO at (661) 861-3110.
GoFundMe Link: None Found. Know of one? Click here to let us know.

Corey Michael Fisher, 31

Date: 2021-04-18
Case Number: C01755-21
Cause of death: Pending
Victim's Sex: Male
Accused's Sex: NA
Category: Shooting
Crime Scene: Rosedale Inn, Bakersfield (map)
Zip Code: 93308
Place of Death: Kern Medical
Agency: Bakersfield Police Department
Judicial Status: No arrests at this time.
Incident: According to police, an argument led to gunfire in the parking lot of the Rosedale Inn, on Buck Owens Boulevard. Police found Corey Fisher suffering from a gunshot wound, and he was later pronounced dead at a hospital. Police say a man and woman were seen fleeing west in a dark, 1999-2004 model Ford Crown Victoria.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call Detective Dunn at (661) 326-3533, or the Bakersfield Police Department's non-emergency line at (661) 327-7111.

Fisher was a father of four from Michigan and his family started a GoFundMe to help cover the costs of transporting his body to the state.

Edward Medina, 27

Date: 2021-04-12
Case Number: C01679-21
Cause of death: Pending
Victim's Sex: Male
Accused's Sex: NA
Category: Pending
Zip Code: 93203
Place of Death: Unkown
Agency: Bakersfield Police Department
Judicial Status: No arrests at this time.
Incident: On Friday, April 9, 17 News received a call saying the pickup truck of a missing man was found abandoned near a water facility on East Planz Road, near South Mount Vernon Avenue. The caller said there was blood inside.

The Bakersfield Police Department later confirmed they were investigating the disappearance of Edward Medina, who had not been seen since Wednesday by his family. Days later, on April 12, Medina's body was discovered at an orchard in Lamont, off Di Giorgio Road and about a 15 minute drive away from where his truck had been found. The department has not announced any suspects in the case.

Anyone with more information about this case can contact the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 327-7111 or Kern Secret Witness at (661) 322-4040.

Clay Edward McFall, 44

Date: 2021-04-10
Case Number: C01666-21
Cause of death:
Victim's Sex: NA
Accused's Sex: NA
Category: Shooting
Crime Scene: 300-blk Sycamore Drive (map)
Zip Code: 93308
Place of Death: At the scene
Agency: Kern County Sheriff's Office
Judicial Status: No arrests at this time.
Incident: Clay Edward McFall was killed in a shooting on the 300 block of Sycamore Drive. Anyone with information can contact KCSO at 661-861-3110.
GoFundMe Link: None Found. Know of one? Click here to let us know.

Richard Thomas Luevano, 43

Date: 2021-04-09
Case Number: CO1663-21
Cause of death: Pending
Victim's Sex: Male
Accused's Sex: NA
Category: Shooting
Zip Code: 93307
Place of Death: At the scene
Agency: Bakersfield Police Department
Judicial Status: Charges filed
Incident: Richard Thomas Luevano was shot on the corner of East 3rd and Augusta streets in Bakersfield. Despite CPR efforts by responding officers, he died on the sidewalk. Oscar Valero, 47, was arrested and now faces murder and gang charges in court.
GoFundMe Link: None Found. Know of one? Click here to let us know.

Chrystal Charlene Serna, 32

Date: 2021-04-03
Case Number: C01594-21
Cause of death:
Victim's Sex: Female
Accused's Sex: NA
Category: Shooting
Zip Code: 93301
Place of Death: Kern Medical
Agency: Bakersfield Police Department
Judicial Status: No arrests at this time.
Incident: Chrystal Serna was shot March 29 near Memorial Hospital in the area of 30th and Q streets. She was taken to Kern Medical in critical condition, and on April 3, she was pronounced dead. No suspects have been announced in the case. Anyone with information can contact the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 327-7111.
GoFundMe Link: None Found. Know of one? Click here to let us know.

Artemio Saucedo, 27

Date: 2021-04-01
Case Number: C01578-21
Cause of death: Multiple Gunshot Wounds
Victim's Sex: Male
Accused's Sex: NA
Category: Shooting
Zip Code: 93280
Place of Death: At the scene
Agency: Kern County Sheriff's Office
Judicial Status: No arrests at this time.
Incident: Artemio Saucedo was found dead in an orchard on Western Avenue, north of Poso Avenue in Wasco. The Kern County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with more information to call them at (661) 861-3110.

Jodie Landers Arvizu, 42

Date: 2021-04-01
Case Number: C01580-21
Cause of death: Strangulation
Victim's Sex: Female
Accused's Sex: Male
Category: Assault
Crime Scene: 510 Real Rd, Bakersfield (map)
Zip Code: 93309
Place of Death: At the scene
Agency: Bakersfield Police Department
Judicial Status: Charges filed
Incident: Police were called to an apartment complex at 510 Real Road for a report of a dead woman inside a unit. 46-year-old Jared Oliver was arrested and booked on a charge of murder. The victim's sister identified her as Jodie Landers Arvizu. By multiple accounts, Arvizu was a working mother of 3 sons, a supporter of V-Day Bakersfield, the group that campaigns against violence on women, and a former bartender at a popular Bakersfield restaurant. Reportedly, a witness interviewed by police said Arvizu had lived at Oliver's unit for about a week, family and friends say they don't know who Oliver was.

Carlos Perez Hernandez, 32

Date: 2021-04-01
Case Number: C01579-21
Cause of death: Pending
Victim's Sex: Male
Accused's Sex: NA
Category: Shooting
Zip Code: 93307
Place of Death: At the scene
Agency: Kern County Sheriff's Office
Judicial Status: No arrests at this time.
Incident: Carlos Perez Hernandez was shot and killed in the area of Cottonwood Road near Feliz Drive. KCSO has not named a suspect in the case. A family member confirmed Hernandez's death came just over 5 months after his brother, Enrique Perez Hernandez, was also killed in a shooting near Padre and Jastro, which is down the road from Feliz Drive.

Neither case has been solved and KCSO has not announced a connection between the two. Anyone with more information is encouraged to call KCSO at (661) 861-3110.

John Baptiste Borda, 64

Date: 2021-03-31
Case Number: C01567-21
Cause of death: Blunt force trauma
Victim's Sex: Male
Accused's Sex: NA
Category: Assault
Zip Code: 93307
Place of Death: At the scene
Agency: Bakersfield Police Department
Judicial Status: No arrests at this time.
Incident: John Baptiste Borda was found dead at a home on Marsh Street, near Fremont Elementary School. His body was found on March 29, but the exact date of his death is unknown. The Kern County coroner determined that Borda died from blunt force trauma. No suspects have been announced in his death.

Anyone with more information can contact BPD at (661) 327-7111.
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Michael Glenn Lewis, 40

Date: 2021-03-28
Case Number: C01529-21
Cause of death:
Victim's Sex: Male
Accused's Sex: NA
Category: Shooting
Zip Code: 93308
Place of Death: At the scene
Agency: Kern County Sheriff's Office
Judicial Status: No arrests at this time.
Incident: Michael Glenn Lewis was shot just after 11:30 PM at a home on the corner of East Highland and Harrison Drives in Oildale. Lewis was pronounced dead at Kern Medical. The suspect, Michael Reed, was almost taken into custody at the Tejon Outlets but escaped, and later was caught following a chase that ended in Los Angeles County. Eventually, the Kern County District Attorney's office did not file murder charges against Reed, sending the case back to KCSO for further investigation.

Jeffrey Joseph Leroy Correll, 22

Date: 2021-03-27
Case Number: C01514-21
Cause of death:
Victim's Sex: Male
Accused's Sex: NA
Category: Shooting
Zip Code: 93308
Place of Death: At the scene
Agency: Kern County Sheriff's Office
Judicial Status: No arrests at this time.
Incident: According to his older brother, Jeffrey Correll and friends were driving to the Fastrip on Airport Drive, near Decatur, when two people in a black Ford Mustang passed them, while taunting the group. The black car followed the group into the Fastrip parking lot, Correll left the car and exchanged words before being shot several times.

Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to call the Kern County Sheriff's Office at 661-861-3110.

Jeremy Muzzy, 40

Date: 2021-03-14
Case Number: CO1330-21
Cause of death: Multiple Stab Wounds
Victim's Sex: Male
Accused's Sex: Female
Category: Stabbing
Zip Code: 93308
Place of Death: Hospital
Agency: Kern County Sheriff’s Office
Judicial Status: No charges filed.
Incident: Kern County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the 100 block of Harris Drive for a reported stabbing. When they arrived, deputies located an unresponsive adult male suffering from multiple stab wounds to his upper body. He was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced deceased. Reanna Rebish was arrested but later released after the District Attorney's Office declined to file charges.
GoFundMe Link: None Found. Know of one? Click here to let us know.

Lonnie Daniel Hollinquest, 22

Date: 2021-03-12
Case Number: C01314-21
Cause of death:
Victim's Sex: Male
Accused's Sex: NA
Category: Shooting
Zip Code: 93307
Place of Death: At the scene
Agency: Kern County Sheriff’s Office
Judicial Status: No arrests at this time.
Incident: KCSO said Lonnie Daniel Hollinquest was shot on Padre Street near Simpson Road. Hollinquest was taken to Kern Medical and pronounced dead. . According to a GoFundMe set up for funeral expenses, Hollinquest's murder came ten days before his 23rd birthday, and his brother told 17 News that he had become a father to a baby girl in January.

17 days later, KCSO arrested 50-year-old Detrick Hollinquest and booked him on suspicion of murder. Detrick Hollinquest is Lonnie's uncle. A family member told 17 News that Hollinquest was like a father to Lonnie after his biological father died in the early 2000's. His uncle had been with the family since then.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Kern County Sheriff’s Office at 661-861-3110 or the Kern Secret Witness Hotline at 661-322-4040.

Juan Manuel Andrade Fernandez Jr., 32

Date: 2021-03-11
Case Number: C01303-21
Cause of death: Multiple Gunshot Wounds
Victim's Sex: Male
Accused's Sex: Male
Category: Shooting
Zip Code: 93305
Place of Death: At the scene
Agency: Bakersfield Police Department
Judicial Status: Arrest made
Incident: Juan Manuel Andrade Fernandez Jr. was shot in the parking lot of Tacos La Villa on Union Avenue at Alpine Street in Bakersfield. According to BPD, surveillance video appeared to show Fernandez bothering people outside the restaurant while intoxicated or under the influence of a drug. At one point he was seen banging on the window of a vehicle, prompting two females to get out and attack him, while someone else drove his car some distance away. However, Fernandez retrieved his car and returned. At around 10 PM, two people are seen running up to Fernandez and shooting him multiple times. A suspect, 19-year-old Manuel Madrid, was arrested, and he is the only person charged in the case.

Anyone with information about the case can call BPD at 327-7111.
GoFundMe Link: None Found. Know of one? Click here to let us know.

Stanley Wade Peterson, 37

Date: 2021-03-09
Case Number: C01271-21
Cause of death: Gunshot wound of chest
Victim's Sex: Male
Accused's Sex: NA
Category: Shooting
Zip Code: 93307
Place of Death: Kern Medical
Agency: Bakersfield Police Department
Judicial Status: Arrest Made
Incident: BPD officers were directed to East 9th Street near Martin Luther King Boulevard by a ShotSpotter activation. Stanley Peterson was found suffering from a gunshot wound and died after being transported to Kern Medical. Jerry Dawson, 41, was arrested on suspicion of murder, however charges were not filed and the case was sent back to BPD for further investigation.

Anyone with more information can call the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 327-7111.
GoFundMe Link: None Found. Know of one? Click here to let us know.

Marya Neufeld , 16

Date: 2021-03-06
Case Number: CO1225-21
Cause of death: Gunshot to the Head
Victim's Sex: Female
Accused's Sex: NA
Category: Shooting
Zip Code: 93203
Place of Death: At the scene
Agency: Kern County Sheriff's Office
Judicial Status: No arrests at this time.
Incident: Marya Neufeld, a 16-year-old mother of a 1-year-old boy, was found dead after being shot in the head near an orchard in the area of Tower Line Road and Buena Vista Boulevard in Arvin. KCSO is asking the public for more information, saying Neufeld was possibly in East Bakersfield and Arvin the day before her death. Anyone with information can contact KCSO at (661) 861-3110 or stay anonymous by contacting Kern Secret Witness at (661) 322-4040.

Elizabeth Keaveny, 34

Date: 2021-03-05
Case Number: Pending
Cause of death: Pending
Victim's Sex: Female
Accused's Sex: Male
Category: Assault
Zip Code: 93309
Place of Death: At the scene
Agency: Bakersfield Police Department
Judicial Status: Charges Filed
Incident: A man was arrested Friday morning after a body was found inside a Bakersfield home, police said.
Police were dispatched to the scene after receiving reports of a man with blood on him walking down the street. He allegedly barricaded himself inside a home on Candy Street, where police found a dead female inside.
Kevin Antrim, 30, was arrested and charged with murder.

Shaneva Lashay Riley, 32

Date: 2021-02-27
Case Number: C01129-21
Cause of death:
Victim's Sex: Female
Accused's Sex: NA
Category: Shooting
Crime Scene: 1200 Ming Ave, Bakersfield (map)
Zip Code: 93304
Place of Death: At the scene
Agency: Bakersfield Police Department
Judicial Status: No arrests at this time.
Incident: Shaneva Lashay Riley was shot and killed during a large memorial at Wayside Park. While details of the shooting are still being investigated, over 100 rounds were fired, and the Bakersfield Police said based on what's known so far they do not believe she was an "intended target." Her death angered Black community advocates, who called for others to stand up to the violence while also asking city leaders to put more investment in Bakersfield's Black neighborhoods.

Riley was a mother to four children and during a prayer vigil, her family said she was devoted to her kids.
Anyone with more information should contact the BPD at (661) 327-7111 or Kern Secret Witness at (661) 322-4040.
GoFundMe Link: None Found. Know of one? Click here to let us know.

Pending, Pending

Date: 2021-02-27
Case Number: Pending
Cause of death:
Victim's Sex: NA
Accused's Sex: NA
Category: Shooting
Zip Code: 93203
Place of Death: At the scene
Agency: Arvin Police Department
Judicial Status: Arrest Made (Juvenile Suspect) .
Incident: Two people were shot in the area of Haven Drive and Grove Street. The Arvin Police Department said one man was pronounced dead at the scene and the other victim was taken to a hospital for treatment. The department has since confirmed that a 16-year-old suspect was arrested after the shooting. An official motive has not yet been determined, but the Lt. Olan Armstrong said the suspect and victim knew each other.

Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to call the department at 661-854-5583
GoFundMe Link: None Found. Know of one? Click here to let us know.

Pending,

Date: 2021-02-23
Case Number: Pending
Cause of death: Pending
Victim's Sex: NA
Accused's Sex: NA
Category: Unknown
Zip Code: 93560
Place of Death: At the scene
Agency: Bakersfield Police Department
Judicial Status: No arrests at this time.
Incident: A man with “trauma to his body” was found dead inside a travel trailer, sheriff’s officials say. No other details, including the man's identify, have been released.
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 661-861-3110 or Secret Witness at 661-322-4040.
GoFundMe Link: None Found. Know of one? Click here to let us know.

Reginald Albert Gordon McCoy Jr., 31

Date: 2021-02-20
Case Number: C01013-21
Cause of death:
Victim's Sex: Male
Accused's Sex: NA
Category: Shooting
Zip Code: 93307
Place of Death: Found at the scene
Agency: Bakersfield Police Department
Judicial Status: No arrests at this time.
Incident: Officers and emergency responders were called to the 300 block of South Hayes Street at around 10:50 p.m., where Reginald McCoy, Jr. was found suffering from major gunshot wounds and pronounced dead. McCoy worked at Central Cardiology in Bakersfield and leaves behind two children, his mother, and several other family members.


No suspect information was immediately available. Anyone with information helpful to investigators should contact the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 327-7111.
GoFundMe Link: None Found. Know of one? Click here to let us know.

Christina Armendariz, 45

Date: 2021-02-16
Case Number: Pending
Cause of death:
Victim's Sex: Female
Accused's Sex: NA
Category: Shooting
Zip Code: 93215
Place of Death: At the scene
Agency: Delano Police Department
Judicial Status: No arrests at this time.
Incident: Christina Armendariz, a 45-year-old mother of 5, was killed by gunfire the night of Feb. 16 on the 300 block of Asti Street in Delano. A 24-year-old man was wounded, but his exact condition was not released by the Delano Police Department. If you have any information, call the Delano Police Department at (661) 721-3377 or the Delano Police Department Tipline at (661) 721-3369.

Joel Santos Maldonado, 30

Date: 2021-02-05
Case Number: C00779-21
Cause of death: Shot in the chest
Victim's Sex: Male
Accused's Sex: NA
Category: Shooting
Crime Scene: 627 Austin Street, Delano (map)
Zip Code: 93215
Place of Death: At the scene
Agency: Delano Police Department
Judicial Status: No arrests at this time.
Incident: According to the Delano Police Department, Joel Santos Maldonado was visiting the North Kern Cemetery District when some form of altercation occurred, and Maldonado was shot to death. Anyone with more information about potential suspects can contact the Department at (661) 721-3356. Tips can be left anonymously.
GoFundMe Link: None Found. Know of one? Click here to let us know.

Chad Tyler Reeves, 31

Date: 2021-01-29
Case Number: C00660-21
Cause of death:
Victim's Sex: NA
Accused's Sex: NA
Category: Shooting
Zip Code: 93305
Place of Death: At the scene
Agency: Bakersfield Police Department
Judicial Status: Charges Filed
Incident: Chad Tyler Reeves was shot in the parking lot of Foods Co. in East Bakersfield. He was taken to a hospital and died at the scene. A suspect, 31-year-old Adrian Sanchez, was arrested in the case, along with Christopher Herrera, 28, and Andi Queen, 33. Reeves leaves behind a son.
GoFundMe Link: None Found. Know of one? Click here to let us know.

Michael Gonzalez, 34

Date: 2021-01-17
Case Number: C00379-21
Cause of death:
Victim's Sex: NA
Accused's Sex: NA
Category: Shooting
Crime Scene: 100 block of B Street, Arvin (map)
Zip Code: 93203
Place of Death: At the scene
Agency: Arvin Police Department
Judicial Status: No arrests at this time.
Incident: Michael Gonzalez was shot by another at the above-mentioned location. He was pronounced deceased on scene.

Scottie Tripp, 28

Date: 2021-01-16
Case Number: C00358-21
Cause of death:
Victim's Sex: NA
Accused's Sex: NA
Category: Shooting
Zip Code: 93309
Place of Death: At the scene
Agency: Bakersfield Police Department
Judicial Status: Arrests Made
Incident: The Bakersfield Police Department said at around 5:25 a.m., officers were sent to the area of Taylor Street near Belle Terrace after receiving reports of a shooting in the area. When officers arrived, Scottie Tripp was found and pronounced dead.

On April 22, police announced the arrests of Jorge Flores and Carlos Trejo, who were connected to Tripp's murder as well as the shooting of Vladimir Sanchez, which happened a few hours earlier the night of January 15. Both are charged with two counts of murder, three counts of attempted murder for other shooting victims, and conspiracy charges.
GoFundMe Link: None Found. Know of one? Click here to let us know.

Vladimir Sanchez, 27

Date: 2021-01-15
Case Number: C00356-21
Cause of death:
Victim's Sex: Male
Accused's Sex: NA
Category: Shooting
Zip Code: 93307
Place of Death: At the scene
Agency: Bakersfield Police Department
Judicial Status: Arrests Made
Incident: Bakersfield police say Vladimir Sanchez was shot while in a car with another person on Meeks Avenue. Sanchez was pronounced dead at the scene. Sanchez was a father and several people who knew him described as a caring friend who was always quick to help them, with a strong sense of humor, making the brazen shooting more shocking for them.

On April 22, police announced the arrests of Jorge Flores and Carlos Trejo, who were connected to Sanchez's murder as well as the shooting of Scottie Tripp, which happened a few hours later the morning of January 16. Both are charged with two counts of murder, three counts of attempted murder for other shooting victims, and conspiracy charges.

Mubarek Saleh Alnajar, 30

Date: 2021-01-13
Case Number: C00308-21
Cause of death:
Victim's Sex: Male
Accused's Sex: NA
Category: Shooting
Zip Code: 93307
Place of Death: Kern Medical
Agency: Bakersfield Police Department
Judicial Status: Charges Filed
Incident: Officers were called to an apartment complex in the area for a report of a shooting victim at around 9:50 p.m. Mubarek Saleh Alnajar was found under a vehicle in an alley with multiple gunshot wounds, police said.

About a week later, police arrested 39-year-old Lucifer Pierce in connection to Alnajar's death.
Anyone with more information can call BPD at (661) 327-7111.
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Sierra Elizabeth Castilleja-Riemer, 22

Date: 2021-01-10
Case Number: C00230-21
Cause of death:
Victim's Sex: Female
Accused's Sex: NA
Category: Shooting
Crime Scene: 1700 Custer Ave, Bakersfield (map)
Zip Code: 93304
Place of Death: Kern Medical
Agency: Kern County Sheriff's Office
Judicial Status: No arrests at this time.
Incident: Two people were shot on the 1700 block of Custer Avenue in South Bakersfield and later died at the hospital. No arrests were made and no suspects have been announced

Ramon Rodriguez Muro, 24

Date: 2021-01-10
Case Number: C00226-21
Cause of death:
Victim's Sex: Male
Accused's Sex: NA
Category: Shooting
Crime Scene: 1700 Custer Ave, Bakersfield (map)
Zip Code: 93304
Place of Death: Kern Medical
Agency: Bakersfield Police Department
Judicial Status: No arrests at this time.
Incident: Two people were shot on the 1700 block of Custer Avenue in South Bakersfield and later died at the hospital. No arrests were made and no suspects have been announced
GoFundMe Link: None Found. Know of one? Click here to let us know.

Luise Ramirez, 45

Date: 2021-01-02
Case Number: C00022-21
Cause of death:
Victim's Sex: NA
Accused's Sex: NA
Category: Shooting
Crime Scene: 501 Colony St, Bakersfield, (map)
Zip Code: 93307
Place of Death: At the scene
Agency: Bakersfield Police Department
Judicial Status: Charges filed
Incident: Luise Ramirez is one of two men killed in a shooting at the Vagabond Inn on Colony Street in south Bakersfield, according to the Bakersfield Police Department.
Ramirez and Rudie Casillas were found dead in one of the rooms. Bakersfield Police announced Mario Velasquez and Omar Uranda were arrested and accused of murder in the case.
GoFundMe Link: None Found. Know of one? Click here to let us know.

Rudie Rene Casillas, 39

Date: 2021-01-02
Case Number: C00023-21
Cause of death:
Victim's Sex: NA
Accused's Sex: NA
Category: Shooting
Crime Scene: 501 Colony St, Bakersfield, (map)
Zip Code: 93307
Place of Death: At the scene
Agency: Bakersfield Police Department
Judicial Status: Charges filed.
Incident: Rudie Casillas is one of two men killed in a shooting at the Vagabond Inn on Colony Street in south Bakersfield, according to the Bakersfield Police Department.
Casillas and Luise Ramirez were found dead in one of the rooms. Bakersfield Police announced Mario Velasquez and Omar Uranda were arrested and accused of murder in the case.

Ruben Vega, 34

Date: 2021-01-02
Case Number: C00018-21
Cause of death:
Victim's Sex: Male
Accused's Sex: NA
Category: Shooting
Zip Code: 93305
Place of Death: Kern Medical
Agency: Kern County Sheriff's Office
Judicial Status: Charges Filed
Incident: Ruben Vega had only been released from prison less than a week before someone shot him outside a home on Oregon Street in East Bakersfield. He was pronounced dead at a hospital. Vega's girlfriend said the two had already made plans to help him find a job and get back on his feet after he had served his sentence. She described Vega as a loving man and someone quick to help friends in need.

Over a month later KCSO arrested Michael Alex Gonzales following a pursuit in East Bakersfield, when the vehicle he was in crashed in the area of Haley and Columbus streets. Another person in the car was taken into custody while Gonzales' brother, Andrew Gonzales, is still wanted. Anyone with information about his whereabouts can contact KCSO at 861-3110.

Oscar Ortiz Cervantes, 41

Date: 2021-01-01
Case Number: C03938-20
Cause of death:
Victim's Sex: Male
Accused's Sex: NA
Category: Shooting
Zip Code: 93306
Place of Death: At the scene
Agency: Kern County Sheriff's Office
Judicial Status: No arrests at this time.
Incident: KCSO said deputies were called to the 5400 block of Rosewood Avenue for a report of a shooting at around 10:49 p.m. One man was found with severe gunshot wounds and later pronounced dead at the scene.

No information about a possible suspect was immediately available.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call the Kern County Sheriff’s Office at 661-861-3110.