Media

This week marks three years since 19 year old Kayla DeBorde and 17 year old William Harris of Fresno were murdered.  At this point, no arrests have been made.

Homicide detectives want to keep this case fresh in the minds of the public and are asking for its help to capture the suspect(s) responsible.  Kayla’s daughter is now four years old and family members say she frequently talks about her mom.  Our office hopes to gain the information needed to solve this case and get justice for the families. 

Anyone with information on this case should call Fresno County Sheriff’s Detective Jose Diaz at (559) 600-8204, the dispatch center at (559) 600-3111, Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-7867 or www.valleycrimestoppers.org  You will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a $3,000 cash reward.

Case # 16-1621

***SUMMARY OF PREVIOUSLY RELEASED INFORMATION***

On January 29th, 2016, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office dispatch center received a 911 call of shots fired at a home on the 7200 block of Orange Ave. in Fresno.  A large party was taking place at this location and there were 150 – 300 guests in attendance.  A disturbance broke out and shots were fired.  19 year old DeBorde and 17 year old Harris were killed and a third person went to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.  Deputies arrived on scene and detained several people for questioning.  No arrests were made.

It’s believed both teenagers and young adults attended the party.  Detectives are asking the public for help in obtaining video and pictures taken at the party on the night of the homicides.   Detectives have already collected some video, but are seeking more.  It is common for partygoers to share video and pictures amongst themselves, but in this case it is critical that it also be shared with detectives who are attempting to identify potential witnesses, victims and suspects.  Citizens can email the video and pictures to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Detectives have learned through their investigation that this party was advertised on social media, which likely contributed to it becoming such a large gathering.  The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the public about the potential dangers of advertising events to a wide, unknown audience.  Doing so increases the chances of people from rival groups showing up and causing trouble.

William Harris
Kayla DeBorde

Contact Information

Tony Botti
Public Information Officer
(559) 600-8137
(559) 977-0379
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