Families of Kayla DeBorde & William Harris Still Seeking Justice 3 Years After Their Killings

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FRESNO, Calif. —  This week marks three years since 2 Fresno teenagers were killed at a party in Fresno County. 

19 year old  Kayla DeBorde and 17 year old William Harris were shot after a fight broke out.  Still no one has been arrested for the crimes. 

Their families are speaking out again seeking justice.

“We didn’t have a chance to hold our kids as they passed away, they took them from us.” 

3 years later both 19 year old Kayla Deborde’s family and 17 year old William Harris’ family are still grappling with not only their tragic losses and the fact that justice has not been served. 

“That is troubling to know they are carrying on with their life unscathed when it is a daily battle for us,” said Kevin Harris, William’s Dad. 

Kayla and William were at a house party in Easton in January of 2016 when a fight broke out. Deputies said shots were fired, hitting and killing both Kayla and William.

No one came forward.

“They were scared sitting there dying alone without their parents,” said Brandy Collins, Kayla’s mom. 

William’s dad said because it has been so long without any tips from someone at the party, he isn’t optimistic he will ever learn who did it.

“I hope I am proven wrong but the culture is you don’t tell and if it isn’t directly related to them, by no means are they going to break that code,” said Harris. 

As they have waited for answers the families have kept their kids memories alive.   

“He was a good kid he was mischevious,” Lori Harris-Ray, William’s mom. 

Kayla leaving behind her now 4 year old daughter Lola. The family keeping Kayla alive in stories and memories so Lola will know her mother. 

“She has dreams of her,” said Collins.

Both families are hoping by speaking out once again there will be justice for both Kayla and William.

“If this was your family member what would you do you would want someone to come forward,” said Collins.

If you have any information you are urged to call the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department. 
 

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