Family holds vigil, tries to make sense of killing

Family holds vigil, tries to make sense of killing »Play Video
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — The family of 31-year-old Ricky Wofford has more questions than answers as they try to make sense of why Wofford was shot and killed Sunday evening.

"Senseless, you know," said Janel Jackson, Wofford's aunt.

Family and friends held a candlelight vigil Thursday night at the intersection of South H Street and Shamrock Way, the spot where Wofford was killed. The vigil was organized by the Wendale Davis Foundation.

Tiffany Foreman, sister to Wofford, said the last time she spoke to her brother, he told her something he usually didn't say.

"What he said to me was, 'I love you, sis.' It caught me off guard, cause, you know, we're not used to saying that every day," said Foreman.

Police said that Sunday evening, Wofford and 25-year-old Al Lee Bradley got into a physical fight outside Bradley's apartment on the 1700 block of Shamrock Way. During the course of the fight, Bradley retreated into his apartment and came back outside armed with a shotgun.

Police said Bradley fired twice at Wofford, striking him once in the back and a second time in the neck. Police said the fight was over a child-custody dispute, but Wofford's family said the dispute was over a woman.

The woman is Bradley's ex-girlfriend and has at least one child with Bradley. Wofford was currently dating the same woman.

Neighbors described Bradley as a quiet, reserved man who usually kept to himself and was usually with his children.

Vigil organizer Wesley Davis said violent incidents such as this one need to stop, and that young people need to learn how to deal with confrontation.

"It doesn't have to be a murder," said Davis.