- Associated Press - Saturday, January 3, 2015

GRAND TERRANCE, Calif. (AP) - A security guard who died confronting a gunman firing at a crowd outside a Southern California roller rink was mourned at a candlelight vigil, where he was remembered as generous friend with an ever-present smile.

Flowers and candles were placed on the sidewalk Friday outside the Cal Skate rink in Grand Terrace, between Riverside and San Bernardino, in a tribute to Richard Williamson, 48. The Riverside man was killed and two other men were injured early Thursday when the gunfire broke during a New Year’s party at the rink, authorities say.

Freddie Madril said his friend once gave him the shirt off his back - literally.

“I asked him for it one day,” Madril said, according to the San Bernardino County Sun (https://bit.ly/13P8PlZ ). “He took it right off his back and gave it to me.”

Detectives were seeking the public’s help in finding suspects.

Michael Marcoly, a driver who was sitting in his big-rig in the parking lot when the gunfire broke out, told KNBC-TV that Williamson “saved a bunch of kids and families, no doubt in my mind.”

Williamson was the owner of Big Will’s Security Services, the security firm that provided the guards for the party.

The skating rink said in a statement that it’s working with authorities. “Our prayers are with the officer who was involved and those who witnessed this tragic event,” the statement said.

The other victims were a 28-year-old and a 22-year-old, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement. One was treated at the scene, and the other was hospitalized. One was another security guard; their names have not been released.

___

Information from: The Sun, https://www.sbsun.com

LOAD COMMENTS ()

 

Click to Read More

Click to Hide