Zack Randall’s motto was “We punch Nazis.”
He was an anti-racist. Ironically, if so-called racists had their way his killer would have been in Africa, prison, or six feet under.
Zack was on the wrong side in the race war. We can hope he saw the truth in his dying moments.
Zackary Randalls was on his first ride-along Tuesday as a newly hired Pacific Gas & Electric Co. employee, riding in the passenger seat of a company truck.
That assignment came to a sudden and stunning end: Randalls, 34, who lives in Clovis, was struck by bullets when gunman Kori Ali Muhammad allegedly fired a gun into the utility truck from the passenger side on Van Ness Avenue. Randalls later died at Community Regional Medical Center.
Friends say Randalls, who graduated from Lemoore High in 2001, was excited about his new job and that Tuesday was his first day out of the classroom.
He and his wife of eight years, Katie, a Madera Unified School District elementary school teacher, have a preschool-aged son and daughter.
(Two GoFundMe accounts have been posted, here and here, to raise money for Randalls’ family.)
Fresno police Chief Jerry Dyer broke down momentarily during a Tuesday night press conference after mentioning his meeting with Katie Randalls.
Nick Stavropoulos, president of PG&E, said he was devastated that the utility company had lost a employee.
Friends say Randalls was someone who could sway another’s beliefs in others because of his nonjudgmental attitude.
Randalls was targeted by Muhammad because he was white, said Dyer.
“From what I’ve heard, this was racially motivated,” said Joey Contente, a friend of Randalls’ since Little League who recently moved to Oklahoma. “That makes it even sadder because Zack was truly a person who never saw color in anybody.”
Contente said Randalls also was charitable, a person who would look in his neighbor’s bowl not to see if they had more, “but if they had enough.”
“He was truly the best person I’ve ever known,” Contente said.
Read more about the racist shooter at The Fresno Bee.