(SAN DIEGO, CA) December 30, 2009 – "This is a very difficult time for the Barona family and our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of this unimaginable tragedy. Since this is an ongoing murder/suicide investigation all inquiries should be made to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.
We are saddened over the loss of Raymundo Casillas who was killed yesterday in his office at the Barona Tribal Gaming Commission. According to the Sheriff's Department, Raymundo was fatally shot by his former employee Donnell Roberts, who then killed himself.
While there are no words to describe how horrible this incident was, we want to express our deep gratitude to the Barona Security Department, the San Diego Sheriff's Department, the California Highway Patrol, Barona Tribal Enforcement and the Barona Fire Department for their quick response.
Raymundo had been the Executive Director of the Gaming Commission since December 2008. His responsibilities were to oversee the departments that ensure the casino is in compliance with federal, state and tribal laws, including the Federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) and the tribal-state compact.
Donnell Roberts resigned from his position as a compliance officer for the Barona Gaming Commission. Prior to joining the Gaming Commission, he was a security guard at the Barona Resort & Casino.
Grief counseling is being provided to staff through Barona's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and the San Diego County Sheriff's Department."
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Temperatures will continue to warm through the week, with slightly cooler temperatures for the weekend.
Five people were injured in a three-car crash in the Rolando area on Sunday after an apparent road-rage incident. It happened about 1:30 p.m. on University Avenue at College Avenue, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.
Another successful Comic-Con is in the books. The four-day pop culture convention came to an end Sunday, but even in its final hours was packed with things to see and do.
Vince Velasquez allowed two hits over seven innings and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the San Diego Padres 5-0 Sunday for a doubleheader split.
A man stole a brand-new luxury car out of a Kearny Mesa dealership's lot and led police on a lengthy chase down San Diego freeways on Sunday.
San Diego Comic-Con is in full swing and so is the superhero-themed fashion! Celebrities like Sarah Paulson, Sonequa Martin-Green and Camila Mendes, among many other stylish ladies, rocked a bevy of leather, nylon and pleather to attend the annual comic book convention.
Detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding a man who died Saturday morning on a sidewalk in Old Town.
A suspected drunk driver was shot by sheriff's deputies after leading them on a pursuit across North County freeways Friday night, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said.