BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Aug. 30 marks four months since four people were shot and killed in Mojave and the sheriff’s office has released few details about the shooting.

Since the killings, information about the ongoing investigation is slowly becoming public, but the family of one of the victims says “it’s time to speak up.”

Kern County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to H Street in Mojave for reports of a shooting around 11:20 p.m. on April 30, according to officials. The shooting left four people dead.


The shooting happened just before midnight on April 30 at a Mojave trailer home on H Street near Cerro Gordo Road.

The coroner’s office has identified all four victims:

  • Darius Travon Canada, 31, of Mojave, was pronounced dead at the scene.
  • Anna Marie Hester, 34, of Mojave, was pronounced dead at the scene.
  • Martina Barraza, 33, of Mojave, was pronounced dead at the scene.
  • Faith Leighanne Rose Asbry, 20, of California City, was pronounced dead at Antelope Valley Hospital hours later on May 1.

A GoFundMe has been set up for Martina Barraza who is survived by her five kids, mother and eight sisters. According to the page, Barraza was always ready to help others, before herself.


Mojave community members told 17 News, violence like this is not common in the area and they do not feel safe with a mass murderer potentially on the loose in the community.

However, Lieutenant Brandon Rutledge with the sheriff’s office said residents should not be in fear. When asked why, he gave no answer.

The Associated Press reported two people were being sought for questioning as “persons of interest” and there was no ongoing threat to Mojave residents. Kern County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Lori Meza confirmed to 17 News people have been interviewed, but there are still no suspects.

No arrests have been made, and no description of a possible suspect or suspects has been released.

The shocking incident was one of the latest in mass shootings in Kern County.


Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood shared some new information about the homicides in a May 11 appearance on 17 News at Sunrise.

According to Youngblood, the lot where the killings took place is one where “a lot of people came and went.” He said it’s a “nightmare of a homicide,” but ultimately the person responsible for the homicides will be held accountable.

Youngblood added the Mojave community should be aware of their surroundings but KCSO does not believe this was a random act of violence and added “there was knowledge between the people [involved] and there was a reason this happened, it wasn’t just to kill people.”

The sheriff’s office has submitted evidence to a DNA lab and the results are pending, according to officials on June 14.


Sheriff Donny Youngblood revealed on 17 News at Sunrise on June 8 the Mojave mass killing had connection to a shooting earlier on April 30 that wounded one person.

About 12 hours before the late-night shooting, deputies responded to reports of a shooting victim on H Street at 11:20 a.m., according to KCSO. That victim was transported to a hospital and has since been released.

Officials have not released further details about the shooting that morning, or about any ties to the victims or possible suspects.


Kern County Secret Witness is offering a $10,000 reward for any information that leads to the arrest of any suspects in connection to this fatal shooting.

The sheriff’s office said Kern Secret Witness is offering the reward for information that leads to the “arrest and successful prosecution” of any suspects in the killings.

Anyone with information on the homicides is urged to call the Kern County Sheriff’s Office at 661-861-3110 or the Kern Secret Witness hotline at 661-322-4040.