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David Nguyen, Honored Slain Alameda Co. Sheriff Rookie, Casket Carried From Oakland Coroner To Colma Funeral Home

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David Nguyen, Honored Slain Alameda Co. Sheriff Rookie, Casket Carried From Oakland Coroner To Colma Funeral Home

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OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) — Ten days after an Alameda County Sheriff’s Office recruit was fatally shot near the Bay Bridge toll plaza, his body was transported from the coroner’s office to the funeral home where he will be buried.

David Nguyen was 28 years old and driving his personal vehicle when he was shot. As an eight-year veteran of the military before joining the academy, a number of law enforcement officials showed up in full uniform to pay their respects.

“It’s our way of honoring one of our best young recruits,” said Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern. He went on to say “We want to make sure he’s not forgotten. We want to make sure we can do our best to portray what he was going to be.” Working for the sheriff’s office was his dream.

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“He had so much potential. So much potential,” Ahern said.

Speaking to ABC7’s Dion Lim during her first on-camera interview shortly after her brother’s death, David’s sister Barbara recalled seeing her brother’s flag-draped body bag. On Friday, she and girlfriend Shanice saw his flag-draped casket loaded into a hearse.

David’s death, which is being investigated by the California Highway Patrol, comes amid a number of high-profile shooting deaths on Bay Area highways.

Jasper Wu, just 23 months, on 880 and mother of two, and 29-year-old Amani Morris on I-80. Both in November.

ABC7 made a number of requests to the CHP for specific numbers on freeway shootings in the Bay Area in 2021. Despite pressuring the agency for weeks, the agency did not provide any complete data for the whole year. However, partial statistics provided to ABC7 show a sharp increase in freeway shootings in 2020.

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Sky7 flew over David’s body at Woodlawn Cemetery in Colma. Together, Barbara and David’s girlfriend Shanice kissed his casket and wept. Sometimes there were moments of laughter, remembering the good times.

“I smile just thinking about him, everyone loves my brother,” Barbara said shortly after David’s passing.

According to the family and the ACLO Sheriff’s Office, David was the breadwinner of his family. Her parents, immigrants from Vietnam who live in Bayview in San Francisco and were still too heartbroken to attend today.

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The Sheriff’s Office has set up a GoFundMe account to help David’s family, you can visit here.

“They still need a lot more. If you could do something for the family, that would be wonderful,” Ahern said.

The sheriff’s office has sworn to remember David with dignity, honor and respect. His sister, shared what his brother would also have wanted.

“Caring for people, having a sincere heart for people…enjoying the little things in life.”

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David Nguyen, Honored Slain Alameda Co. Sheriff Rookie, Casket Carried From Oakland Coroner To Colma Funeral Home

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