Tearful vigil held for bondsmen brothers

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Vince Sims, left, expresses his grief during a candlelight vigil Saturday, April 28, 2012, for the loss of two of his sons. Brandon Sims and younger brother Zachary Sims were killed Thursday, April 26, 2012, in southwest Bakersfield while working as bail bondsmen. They were shot in the line of duty, police say.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A candlelight vigil was held Saturday night for the two bail bondsmen shot in southeast Bakersfield. Eyewitness News was there as their father, Vincent, spoke on camera for the first time and remembered his sons.

It was tears by candlelight as hundreds came out to remember Brandon and Zachary Sims, killed Thursday night during a search for a suspect who had skipped bail.

At the center of the outpouring of support was their father Vincent Sims.

"Parents are supposed to go before their children, it doesn't matter what situation in life. I've been the unfortunate one to lose two in one night," he said.

Brandon, 26, worked with dad at Bad Dog Bail Bond. Zachary, 23, had just started working with his father after recently returning from serving overseas in the Navy. He leaves behind a wife and two small children.

Through tears, Sims spoke of son Brandon, describing the incredible emptiness his loss leaves behind.

"He was my best friend, man. He wasn't only my son, but he was my best friend, we did everything together, we did everything together. I don't know how I am going to fill that," said Sims.

But Vincent isn't the only Sims man hurting right now. Brandon and Zachary's younger sibling, 15-year-old Vince Jr., is realizing he must face the world without his big brothers.

"It's still not real to me, it's still like a dream to me, but I am going to realize it sooner or later, and, when it does, it's gonna hit," he said.

The father tearfully thanked members of the Bakersfield Police Department and the Kern County Sheriff's Office. He said more information is coming out in the case and believes his boys were ambushed when they were killed.