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Family and Friends Bid Farewell to Yanira Serrano Garcia
by Alex Darocy (alex [at]
Monday Jun 16th, 2014 7:40 PM
The family and friends of Yanira Serrano Garcia bid farewell to her at a public funeral and procession held at Our Lady of the Pillar Catholic Church on June 14. The family is still reeling in the wake of the devastating loss of 18-year-old Yanira, who was shot and killed outside of her home in Half Moon Bay by San Mateo County Sheriff's deputy Menh Trieu on June 3.
A long service was held inside of Our Lady of the Pillar, which was overflowing with people paying their last respects. Throughout the day, Aztec ceremonies were held as well. The funeral concluded with a procession that traveled around the church, whose property coincidentally borders, and affords a view of, the San Mateo Sheriff's Half Moon Bay substation. The lights were on, but it wasn't apparent if anyone was present at the station as Yanira's coffin was rolled by.

Yanira's mother was wailing in grief and she received help while walking in the procession. She witnessed the killing of her daughter and she has suffered greatly as a result.

The family has not discussed the exact details of how Yanira was killed, but her brother Tony has maintained it was unwarranted and an injustice has occurred.

Yanira has been described as having a condition for which she was prescribed medication, and when she was having a health crisis her family called emergency medical personnel to their home in Half Moon Bay for help. A San Mateo County Sheriff's Deputy was sent, and within 20 seconds of arriving at the scene he shot and killed Yanira, who was deemed a "threat." The Sheriff's office claims she was "wielding" a knife, but friends of the family have said it was simply a butter knife that was in her possession.

After Yanira's coffin was driven away from the church by the attendant, and the funeral and ceremonies had concluded, one of Yanira's friends shouted out to the crowd, "What do we want?"

"Justice!" people shouted back.

The funeral was open to the public, and individuals and organizations in support of justice for Yanira from around the Bay Area were in attendance.

Since Yanira's death, several vigils have been held for her, and supporters have also marched to the Sheriff's station to demand justice.

On Tuesday, June 17, the family has asked that the community attend the Half Moon Bay City Council meeting at 6:30PM to speak out.

For more information about Justice for Yanira, see:

Alex Darocy
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§The funeral procession begins
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§Yanira's Mother
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§Tony Serrano
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§The procession passes the Sheriff's substation
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§The funeral ends with an Aztec Ceremony
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§5. Thou Shalt Not Kill
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The Ten Commandments displayed in front of Our Lady of the Pillar Catholic Church.

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by ntuit
Monday Jun 16th, 2014 7:59 PM
Let's face it - cops are trained to kill when they could just maim or disable someone. Doesn't it take a coward to kill and 18 year old holding a knife? You and me - the average citizen - would back off and try to let things cool down from a distance. Why is there always a need to escalate the situation and leave a young girl dead?

There is no excuse. Lack of training in dealing with mental or emotional disturbances. Training to shoot to kill when something else could work is nothing less that straight out murder. Isn't it time the citizens had some say over police procedures in our communities? Isn't it time to have independent investigators who review these type of incidents - not the police agency from which the assailant came or the DA's office which is already compromised since they have a dependent relationship with the police departments who they depend on for testimony in their cases. It is time for reform of a corrupt, compromised system and it is time for someone other than police to deal with emotionally or mentally distraught people. Are there any brave people who don't need to kill?
by alex
Monday Jun 16th, 2014 8:59 PM
I just dont understand ,why this happen i was once in the hmb explore program. While attending the program i learn how to dis arm someone how to act in a situation like that theo never showed us nor said to just shoot. They showed us of ways to come out safe us and the attacker ....what thia cop did is un fair amd he is a killer no matter what he killed an innocent person and a wonderful girl who still yet had her whole life ahead know jer family is broken their is no day her mom screams out to her my daughter ! My friend ! My solemate.cops. are shady hppe you guys get ur punishment
by jonesy
Tuesday Jun 17th, 2014 4:33 PM
on infowars there is link video of cop punching young woman. its on side of page. a commenter under article says the cop punched somer sense into her that her parents should have done when she was younger. that attitude of san mateo sheriffs? put you away before you grow up to disobey police state ''psychiatry''. the girl wanted off drugs in half moon bay because drugs destroy youre body. but look , they destroyed her body anyway. truth comes out.