ORINDA (KPIX 5) – It’s been two years, but Halloween night 2019 in Orinda, where five people were shot and killed, is still unresolved and the families of the victims still have no answers.
The Halloween event was advertised as a mansion party. This so called mansion was a house located on a narrow private road and rented on Airbnb.
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âNo one is behind bars. Obviously, this has not been done, âsaid lawyer Adante Pointer who represents four of the families of the victims. âAt this point, they have more questions than answers left on the eve – if you will – of this ‘horrinda’ massacre.
Two years later, photos of some of the victims and a heart balloon were at the entrance to the fountain in the theater square.
âI was shocked and it was really upsetting for everyone around us,â said a resident of Orinda.
A balloon release and a celebration of the life of one of the victims, Javlin County, will take place on Saturday.
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âNow families are only keeping an empty Halloween bag, if you will,â Pointer said. “The trick has been on them and there has been no treatment in terms of treatment for justice, or treatment for liability, or treatment for Airbnb to do the right thing for these families in mourning.”
Since the shooting, the town of Orinda has implemented an emergency ordinance giving landlords guidelines to follow if they offer short-term rentals. Airbnb has also banned overnight bookings during Halloween.
Pointer says that is not enough.
âTwo years later, the people you went to for those answers didn’t respond,â Pointer said. âThey have become radio silent.
Several people were arrested two weeks after the deadly shooting but were released for lack of sufficient evidence.
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The Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office handling the case declined to speak to us, saying there was “nothing to update.”