Family members reflect on memories of victims killed at a house party in Fresno County

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Family members are remembering victims killed at a house party as authorities try to find the shooter. (KFSN)

Family members are remembering victims killed at a house party as authorities try to find the shooter.

William Harris,17, and Kayla Deborde, 19, were shot Friday night at a home on Orange Avenue in Fresno County. Moments before Harris' death, he stood next to his cousin, outside this home. "They were just leaving the party and ready to come home, plus they had curfews. So they were on their way home when the shooting started happening," said William's mother Lori Harris.

His mom Lori said he was an innocent victim shot outside of a house party that turned violent when two groups of people got into a fight. She recalls -- only days before -- she got a picture of her son at church, trying to right his wrongs. "It was less than a week ago that he had went to the altar and repented again because he felt like he wasn't quite right and he was scared, so I don't know if he knew or if he knew he had to make things right," said Lori Harris.

But it was a moment years ago that remains most significant for the Harris family in this timeline. The day they decided to adopt William when he was three-years-old. "The very first day he was with us he called us his brothers and sisters and he called my parents mom and dad and we knew that he belonged in our family," said William's brother Kameron Harris.

The Harris family knows memories of the past won't bring William back. But they're hoping a witness who does remember something steps forward. So their family, and the family of victim Kayla Deborde, can move on. "I know that she was loved too and just remember her and her family because they are going through this too," said Lori Harris.

At this point, no one has been arrested for the murders.

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