Vigils held in honor of Wasco shooting victims, fallen Kern County deputy

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Tuesday night was marked by support, honor and prayers for the Ramirez family and Kern County Deputy Phillip Campas and his family.

Two vigils were held Tuesday night, one at the Liberty Bell in Downtown Bakersfield and another in Wasco adjacent to the local Kern County Sheriff’s Office substation. Sheriff’s deputies mourned the recent losses alongside residents, some of whom knew the shooting victims. The takeaway? The survivors are not alone. 

“Love on them, pray for them, encourage them [and their families] for healing — a lot of loss, this community is shaken,” Pastor Angelo Frazier said.

Pastor Angelo Frazier was an organizer for the vigil held at the Liberty Bell in Bakersfield.

“God is with the Ramirez family, and also with the family of the (deputy) that passed away,” said New Generation Church Pastor Frank Sanchez.

Wasco resident Aileen Guevara says she knew the 17-year-old victim, Angel Ramirez, and showed up to the Wasco vigil in support of his family.

“He was a really great guy, he was really kind,” Guevara said. “I just came to support the family, so they know they’re not alone, they have the community’s [support].”

Kern County District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer attended the Wasco vigil and offered words of comfort to the Ramirez family and spoke about Deputy Campas’ heroic sacrifice. Zimmer says the character of Kern County has been shown with the community’s support.

“We are praying for the community of Wasco because we know you are suffering,” Kern County District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer said.

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