Children of retired police sergeant shot, one killed – cousin also murdered while at spending time at a skate park

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COLORADO SPRINGS, CO- According to authorities, two children of a recently retired Hollister Police sergeant have been shot at a skate park in Colorado Springs. One of the sons and another family member were killed.

Reports state that Sgt. Ray Celano had recently retired from the Hollister Police Department (HPD) and moved his family to Colorado Springs in October. 

Hollister police said that Celano’s two sons, 14-year-old Dominic and 12-year-old Dylan were skateboarding with an adult cousin at Memorial Skate Park when multiple shots rang out. Dominic and the adult nephew were both killed in the gunfire. 

Dylan was shot multiple times and is in stable, but critical condition at a local medical center. As of this writing, there have been no reports of an arrest. Dominic would have turned 15-years-old on November 29th.

Family and friends of the adult cousin, identified as 23-year-old Gage Celano, said the young man touched many loves, which was apparent from the turnout of people at the vigil. Friend Shayla Flora said:

“You would be with him and you would be home. No matter what, you could be going through hard times and he would make you feel okay and safe and secure.”

She added:

“He shaped a lot of lives. He was shaping his own life, but to have that power while you’re still growing up is crazy. He would have had a beautiful life if it wasn’t taken from him in a very unfair way. It was unfair to him, it was unfair to his family and it was unfair to all of his friends.”

While there were many tears shed at the vigil, many happy memories were also shared. Friend Savannah Jensen said:

“Even when he was like 12-years-old, you’ll find pictures of Gage just being silly, goofy, thrasher shirts. He’s different. He’s different and he lived the way he lived because he wanted to just be crazy. That is something I think we should admire because we don’t get that every day and he wasn’t an everyday person.”

Flora added:

“He was a ray of light in what today’s society is. There will never be anyone like him.”

Celano’s loved ones ask that anyone who has any information to come forward so that those responsible are caught and held accountable. 

HPD says they are heartbroken by the news and are asking the Hollister community to join them in prayers for Dominic, Dylan’s recovery and the entire Celano family.

The Hollister Police Officer’s Association said they are also reaching out to their membership for assistance for the Celano family after this horribly tragedy. The family has set up a GoFundMe page for Gage, which has of this writing has raised over $7,500. 

The morning after the shooting, a middle school student who was at the skate park, said that the well-used park is “usually a chill place.”

He said, fights sometimes erupt when one skater cuts off another, referred to as “snaking.” Otherwise, it seems like a pretty safe place to be, the kid said, particularly in the daytime.

The middle school kid added that older teens tend to use the park after dark, when tempers and other situations can flare. The area was the site of a 2015 shooting that left a 14-year-old middle school student dead over a dispute about a missing cellphone.

For that deadly incident, Riccardo Clinton Kirven was convicted in 2017 on all charges involved with first-degree murder and sentenced to two life terms plus 48 years in prison. 

Anyone with any information or who is a witness to the investigation on the recent shooting is asked to call the Colorado Springs Police Department at 719-444-7000 or if the person wishes to remain anonymous, they can call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 719-644-STOP (7867). 

Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”.  While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers. 

And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.

And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.

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Gang member pleads guilty to murder after shooting “into the wrong home” and killing a 12-year-old

November 1st, 2021

HUDSON VALLEY, NY – In December of 2020, a 12-year-old who was minding her own business was killed when a man shot into the wrong house.  On October 22nd, the suspect plead guilty in court.

Children across the United States are always excited during the month of December.  Not only is there an upcoming school break coming, but the thoughts and excitement of Christmas are getting nearer. 

Sadly, instead of looking forward to the presents, 12-year-old D’Janeria Mason, was shot and killed.

On December 17th, Gilbert Thomas approached a house at 60 Van Buren Street in the City of Kingston believing that it was connected somehow to a subject who had stabbed his brother earlier that day.  Believing the man was inside, Thomas approached the house and contacted a child.

Thomas asked if the person he was seeking was inside the house and he was told that there were only children present. 

Thomas then told the children that he was there and was going to “boom” the place.  Of course, the children could not have possibly envisioned what Thomas meant.

A short time later, Thomas went across the street and armed himself with an AK-47 according to the Ulster County District Attorney’s Office.  Thomas then did the unthinkable and fired nine times into the house that he knew had children inside.  Two of the bullets entered the children’s room and one struck Mason in the head, killing her.

Ulster County District Attorney David Clegg said:

“Thomas believed a rival gang was involved in his brother’s stabbing.  There was, however, no gang involvement connected to the residence of these children.  It appears the children were the victims of a mistake.”

New York State Police investigated the case and were able to develop Thomas and another man, Robert James, as suspects. 

Detectives in the case were able to form probable cause and arrest both shortly after the shooting.  They were both charged with murder in the second degree, assault in the first degree, and criminal use of a firearm in the first degree.

According to police, Thomas was “upset, apologetic” and cooperative with law enforcement officers once he learned that he had killed such a young child.  Thomas claimed that he never intended to shoot any children.

Thomas’ co-defendant, James, reportedly told detectives that he had asked Thomas to leave the residence without shooting into it since he knew there were children present.  According to James, Thomas did not listen and instead fired rounds into the residence.

For whatever reason, instead of taking the case to trial, Thomas and his defense team ultimately agreed to a plea deal.  Instead of going to trial, Thomas plead guilty to murder and depraved indifference for the murder of Mason. 

Thomas will be sentenced to twenty years in prison.  In speaking about the case, Clegg said:

“The victim in this case was an innocent twelve-year-old girl.  She had her whole life in front of her D’Janeira Mason mattered.  She mattered to her siblings and parents, her friends and extended family.  She mattered to her teachers and fellow students at Baily Middle School. 

She mattered to this community.  Her life was senselessly taken from her by a depraved indifferent act. 

My deepest condolences and concerns go out to her family and especially to D’Janeira’s sisters and brother who were present at and severely traumatized by this horrific tragedy.”

As of this reporting, no information leads to any type of verdict in terms of James’ guilt or innocence for his involvement in this heinous murder. 

Regardless of Thomas’ guilty verdict, there is no way to make this young girl’s family whole again.  While there is at least some type of semblance of justice in this case.

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Suspected gang member arrested at HS football game after stash of guns found in stadium bathroom (in police-defunded San Fran)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Police in San Francisco arrested an alleged gang member and one other in connection with a cache of guns reportedly found inside of the football stadium’s bathroom earlier in October.

 

San Francisco Police Public Information Officer Raj Vaswani confirmed the arrest of two individuals, identified as a 18-year-old male and a 35-year-old female, regarding a stash of guns found inside of the Kezar Stadium bathroom during a high school football game on October 7th.

Officer Raj Vaswani noted in the post on Twitter that one of the two suspects is an alleged gang member but did not specific whether it was the male or female taken into custody.

 

The identifies of the two suspects arrested were also not released, nor did police suggest any possible motives or intentions associated with the weapons located inside of the stadium bathroom.

It’s unclear as of this writing what specific charges the two are currently facing.

In other news regarding San Francisco Police, homicide investigators recently made an arrest regarding a murder that occurred as a result of an assault that transpired in late September

 

Officers from the San Francisco Police Department went to the 1400 block of Treat Way on October 1st to investigate a homicide.

The San Francisco Medical Examiner’s Office called SFPD Homicide detectives and informed them that a 34-year-old male victim had died that day, and that his death was most likely the consequence of an unreported assault that happened on Treat Way and Kamille Court on September 28th.

On the evening of the assault, witnesses told investigators that the victim was with a group of individuals in the vicinity of Treat Way and Kamille Court when an unknown suspect approached the victim and struck him in the face, causing him to fall to the ground and hit his head.

The victim was taken to a nearby hospital, where he eventually died from his injuries.

The homicide suspect was later identified as 32-year-old Asafo Ia, according to police.

Ia reportedly turned himself in to authorities on October 4th at approximately 10:30 p.m. without incident.

Authorities say that Ia was taken into custody and charged with one count of murder and also failing to register as a sex offender. The suspect is currently being held at the San Francisco County Jail.

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