Court proceedings began Tuesday for one of six teens charged with killing an off-duty South Bay paramedic.
The accused shooter, 16-year-old Christian Burton, was ordered to stand trial for the murder and is being charged as an adult.
The victim, Quinn Boyer, worked for Santa Clara County ambulance as a paramedic. His wife, and his wife, Liz, is an Alameda County paramedic.
Nearly seven months after her husband was murdered his widow is speaking publicly for the first time. In an exclusive interview with NBC Bay Area, Liz Boyer talked about the man she lost, the life they shared and what she wants now.
On April 2, while he was off-duty, helping his father with a doctor’s appointment in Oakland, Boyer, 34, was shot in the head during an attempted carjacking.
His wife, who met up with him at Highland Hospital, knew from the get-go it was bad. Two days later, her husband was taken off life-support.
What Liz Boyer finds not only tragic but also ironic is that a group of boys ages 13-16 is accused in her husband’s death. She says it’s ironic because Quinn was very much interested in helping at-risk youth, especially in Oakland, the city where he grew up and loved.
“When I heard how young they were, I just felt sick to my stomach,” Liz Boyer said. “It’s sad. It’s hard… This is a senseless loss all around for everyone."