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Vigil held for son and nephew of former Hollister Police Sergeant

vigil held at Hollister Police department
Stephanie Aceves KION

HOLLISTER, Calif. (KION) On Monday night, a vigil was held at the Hollister Police Department for the children and nephew of a former Hollister Sergeant. The children were shot at a skate park in Colorado Springs on Saturday.

Ray Celano lost his 14-year-old son and his nephew was also killed. His son Dylan, 12, suffered serious injuries and remains in an intensive care unit. The family says doctors were able to save Dylan's arm and eye, and it's expected he will regain his vision.

The family calls the shooting random and unprovoked. No arrests have been made.

A memorial with candles and flowers was placed at the police department. A close and neighbor says her two girls were close with the Celano boys.

 “Dominic is so tall and my daughter is small so she would call Dominic "Tallie" and Dominic would call my daughter "Shorty" so my daughter is really sad,” Cristina Oelsen said.

Hollister Chief Carlos Reynon was present at the vigil and says the family is struggling to cope.

"They’re concentrating on their son Dylan's recovery but it’s just a huge amount of pain for their son Dominic and their cousin Gage," Reynoso said.

Sergeant Celano was with the Hollister Police Department for about 30 years. Reynoso says the news is a devastating blow to the department.

“It’s devastating to the officers. We feel for Ray and Sunhee and what they’re going through right now,” said Reynoso.

This small vigil was their way of showing how despite being miles away, the Celano family is in the thoughts and prayers of the Hollister Police Department.

Another vigil is planned for Tuesday night at 5 p.m.

 

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Stephanie Aceves

Stephanie Aceves is a multi-media journalist at KION News Channel 5/46.

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