Family, Friends Remember Half Moon Bay Teen Fatally Shot By Sheriff’s Deputy

HALF MOON BAY (KRON) — Family and friends gathered on Friday night to honor Half Moon Bay girl who was shot and killed by a sheriff’s deputy during a controversial confrontation earlier this week.

On Tuesday night, the family of 18-year old Yanira Serrano said she has special needs and had refused to take her medication. Family members called 911 hoping paramedics would show up instead of armed law officers.

“Deputies arrived on scene,” Sheriff’s department spokeswoman Rebecca Rosenblatt tells KRON 4. “Shortly thereafter there was a confrontation where the deputy was in fear for his life and as a result he fired his weapon.”

Authorities say they got a call about an armed woman in the street in the Moondridge Housing Complex.

“She has special needs and we just want answers,” the woman’s brother, Tiny Serrano says. “Who are we supposed to call now when we need help when who is supposed to help us is killing our kids?”
The deputy who opened fire is now on paid administrative leave. The D.A’s office and sheriff’s detectives are now investigating the shooting.

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