Last Monday, Francisco Serna, a 73-year-old man from Bakersfield, was shot and killed by a Bakersfield police officer who was responding to a late night call of a man who may have been brandishing a weapon. Serna was shot nine times while standing in front of his neighbor’s driveway. Bakersfield PD spokesman Sgt Gary Carruesco confirmed that Serna was unarmed during the shooting and that the officer involved in the shooting had been placed on administrative leave.
After Serna’s death, his family revealed that he was in the early stages of dementia. Serna’s son, Rogelio Serna, took to Facebook. He said his father was unarmed. “My pops was in early stages of dementia, he had a lil trouble going to sleep, so he took small walks to cope and make himself tired. Well around 12:30AM Monday morning Sunday late nite, he took his last walk and was killed in a 15-min window frame rite across the street from his home,” wrote Serna.
I would like to thank everyone for all your kind words, thoughts and prayers from my whole family. 🙏🏼
We want the TRUTH to be told. My father was MURDERED by BAKERSFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT (BPD).
We will be having a candlelight vigil tomorrow night, 12/13 at 6pm. Please come out and join my family at 7913 Silverbirch Avenue, 93313
Enough is Enough!
Posted by Roy Serna Djmrgroove on Monday, December 12, 2016
Serna’s daughter, Laura, told TIME magazine that her father may have been carrying a crucifix with him because he was “sentimental” about loved ones who had recently died.
More than 100 people showed up to a candlelight vigil at the Serna household on Tuesday night.
The vigil for Francisco Serna, the unarmed 73yo man who was killed by police, has spilled into the street as 100+ people gather outside home pic.twitter.com/YNqTVpk4CS
— Matt Boone (@MattBooneNews) December 14, 2016
Rogelio Serna told TIME magazine his family wants police to give them a clearer idea of what happened to Francisco Serna: “We’re still in shock and we want to get answers. We just want to get answers.”