Vigil set for slain Richmond grandfather

Vigil set for slain Richmond grandfather
Miguel Ramirez

A vigil is set to be held Wednesday for a 56-year-old father of three and grandfather of four who was reportedly struck by a stray bullet while getting mail outside his home on Tuesday, May 14.

Organized by the RichMinds Network, the vigil is set to take place at 1621 16th St. in Richmond at 4 p.m.

Miguel Ramirez, a custodian for Entercom San Francisco and KPIX, was fatally shot outside his home just after 5 p.m.. Police responded to the home in the 1600 block of Chanslor Avenue following a Shotspotter gun detection activation and found Ramirez unresponsive.

Ramirez was described as beloved by staff at KPIX 5.

A Go Fund Me page set up by his family further described him as “truly one of a kind. A very kind, genuine, funny person. Always willing to help and never harmed a soul.”

“Yesterday we lost a husband, a father, a grandpa, a son, a brother, and a friend. I lost half of me! I don’t know how to feel or what to say or do. I wasn’t prepared for this. None of us were,“ the family stated.

Greg Nemitz, a senior vice president for Entercom, a parent company of 95.7 The Game, described Ramirez as a “familiar, friendly person who was known by everyone who works in the building.”

Police have not yet announced any suspects in the shooting or motive. The homicide followed a series of shootings in Richmond, prompting a briefing from the Richmond police chief to Richmond Mayor Tom Butt and members of City Council.