Family pleads help to identify suspects in security guard’s killing; $38,500 reward offered

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Anyone with the information on the killing of security guard Kevin Nishita is being urged by his family to come forward.

The victim has died while he tried to protect a KRON4 News reporter from robbers.

“I kindly ask that if anybody was in that area that time and they have any video they can turn into OPD, please give it to the police. We’ve heard so far that there have been people that were doing video with their cellphones. And I beg you to please come forward. You can tell the police officers that you don’t want to be involved. We just need the video footage please. It’s justice for Kevin. He was a security guard and he was out there to protect the newscast. And we need justice for him,” his wife, Virgina, told KRON4.

“We are seeking to find the reasoning behind all of this so that we can have some closure and we can understand why it happened,” she appealed.

The victim was under Star Security, which deploys security personnel to have Bay Area news crews protected while they gather stories in the field.

Suspect vehicle is a 2004 – 2008 Acura TL, white, 4-door, with a sunroof and no front license plate | Photo credit Oakland police department

KRON4 went out for the Oakland retail theft news coverage on the afternoon of Nov. 24 when an alleged robber shot Nishita as they tried to rob the camera gear.

The reporter was safe while Nishita was brought to the hospital, but succumbed to a gunshot wound.

“That was in his personality. To be that protector, to be that brave one that just wanted to protect people. So for the community, he definitely protected people. But asked them, ‘how can I help you?’ He has a kind heart like that and that’s why he joined the police force,” Virginia said.

Arrests are yet to be made in connection to the case. The suspect’s vehicle was described by the Oakland police: a white 2004-2008 Acura TL with no license plate in front, and has a sunroof.

The vehicle involved in the security guard’s shooting was believed to also be the one used in the Nov. 22 armed robbery in the Presidio in San Francisco, authorities said.

A $38,500 reward is up for anyone who can give information leading to the shooting suspects’ arrests.

“He didn’t deserve this. He was retired. He was just looking to stay busy. We just wish he could come home,” the victim’s son, Enrique Serrano, said.

“He never asked for anything in return. Always asked what I needed, what we needed. Just asked us to be happy, work hard in life. That’s what I’ll remember most,” he added.