derryck harris

Cold Case Spotlight – Derryck Harris

Around 2:15pm on January 19, 2014, 19-year-old Derryck Harris and his childhood friend, 19-year-old Lamar Broussard, got into Broussard’s car to drive up to the store. Within minutes of leaving they were ambushed by unknown suspect(s). Derryck and Lamar were both killed in the hail of gunfire that erupted at the intersection of 100th and Longfellow Avenues in Oakland, California. Just three weeks earlier Lamar’s 13-year-old brother had been shot and killed a few blocks away.
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scharod fleming

Cold Case Spotlight – Scharod Fleming

On January 17, 2004, 15-year-old Scharod Fleming attended a teen dance party at the YMCA in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco, California. Around 10:30pm police arrived after 2 fights had broken out and spilled into the street. The officers left a short time later thinking that the situation had been defused. At 11:50pm, as the teens gathered in front of the property an unknown gunman opened fire. Multiple teens were shot, wounded or hurt. Scharod Fleming died of his gunshot injuries a short time later on January 18, 2004.
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robert placencia

Cold Case Spotlight – Robert Placencia

On August 7, 2006, around 10:23pm, Robert Placencia, 17, was gunned down while walking home from his father’s house, in the Meadowvie​w area of Sacramento, California. Robert’s murder was the first of three in that area over a 30 hour stretch but detectives do not believe Robert’s shooting was connected to the two others. It is thought that Robert’s shooting death may have been a case of mistaken identity. Robert left behind many loved ones, including a young son.
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curtis williamson

Cold Case Spotlight – Curtis Williamson

On March 26, 1997, Curtis Williamson, 16, and his cousin were chased into Mission Bay after a fight broke out in the Crown Point Shores parking lot in San Diego, California. After swimming safely to an anchored buoy several yards offshore, the individuals that chased them entered the water and began swimming after them. Investigators believe that Curtis drowned while attempting to escape those chasing him. Curtis’ cousin was saved by a rescue boat after police arrived on the scene. Despite numerous witnesses, no arrests have ever been made.

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phoutone lothirath

Cold Case Spotlight – Phoutone “Tawn” Lothirath

Next month will mark 20 years since the callous, brutal, unsolved murder of Phoutone “Tawn” Lothirath in Escondido, California. On Halloween night in 1995, Tawn’s 10-year-old son answered the door to pass out candy to an unknown male, posed as a trick-or-treater. Armed with a gun and wearing a full face bandanna the  gunman forced his way into the home and ordered Tawn’s son to his room. Tawn was pinned to the couch before being shot once in the head and multiple time in the chest. The suspect was described as a male Asian but no arrest has ever been made.

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