To Henry Lee Published November 23, 2022 at 5:57 PM
oakland, california – Widow of security guard shot dead downtown Auckland A year ago, while protecting a TV reporter Wednesday, she said she was mourning his loss but was grateful for the support she received.
“What we have is emptiness,” said Virginia Nishita.
Her husband, Kevin Nishita, was shot the day before Thanksgiving last year while guarding a reporter covering the break-in.
“It’s been a year. It’s been a rough year,” she said. “We should be in retirement, and now it’s just me.”
Nishita left behind a loving wife, children and grandchildren.
Oakland Police say Shadihear Mitchell is the shooter. He is in custody, as is Hershel Hale. However, the alleged getaway driver, Laron Gilbert, is still on the run. He has a $40,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.
Nishita served as a police officer with the Oakland Housing Authority, Hayward and San Jose Police Departments before retiring as Colma Police Sergeant in 2018.
UPDATE: Former TV crew security guard Kevin Nishita was shot dead just days before the preliminary hearing of Shadiheer Mitchell (black hoodie) and Herschel Hale (Lime)@Korma PD @ San Jose PD @Hayward PD @Auckland HousingEarn a $40,000 reward now for tips to catch Laron Gilbert (white shirt) pic.twitter.com/4lv0JP89Hd
— Henry K. Lee (@henrykleeKTVU) September 17, 2022
Virginia Nishita first met her future husband on a blind date set up by her hairdresser in 2002.
“He came in and I was just like, ‘Hmm, let’s see what his personality is like,’ and we hit it off from the first day we met.” They married two years later.
And it was Nishita’s playful personality that endeared him to everyone he met.
A police officer’s wife, she said she was not worried about the officer’s safety.
“I wasn’t too worried about him. I knew he was coming home,” she said.
He toured as a police officer, survived, but died after retiring from law enforcement.
“I should have told him, ‘Hey, don’t do this job anymore. I should have. But I didn’t.’ I know his passion.” .”
Colma Police Commander.Sherwin Lam says it’s not surprising that Nishita died protecting others
“The sacrifices he made were for the greater good of the people, and for that he should be remembered,” Lamb said. will remind you of
Virginia Nishita is grateful for all the support.
“Thank you for all your donations, love and support. I feel it. I want to thank you, my family and myself,” she said, her voice shaking.