Coroner identifies Wofford Heights man as victim in Taft homicide


The Kern County Coroner’s Office identified a Wofford Heights man who was found dead in Taft Wednesday morning.

The coroner said 31-year-old David Ray Steelman was shot and killed on Crystal Street just north of Olive Avenue.

KCSO deputies were called to the scene just before 6 a.m., and Steelman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Kern County Sheriff’s Office at 861-3110 or the Secret Witness line at 322-4040.

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