OAKLAND — When Kendall Otis Segers died violently Sunday morning, his 4 younger youngsters misplaced a faithful and loving father and his household and pals had been left with reminiscences of an outgoing, beneficiant individual whose recognition as a DJ was persevering with to develop.
About 2:20 a.m. Sunday the 27-year-old Segers, a graduate of Skyline Excessive Faculty and Cal State East Bay, was close to the intersection of 14th and Webster streets in downtown, the place he was apparently shopping for some meals after ending a gig at a membership within the space.
A shoot-out between different individuals erupted close by and Segers, an Oakland resident, was hit within the again by a stray bullet. He was then struck by a automobile within the 300 block of 14th Avenue; he was pronounced lifeless after being taken to a hospital.
The driving force of the automobile that hit him fled on foot and is being sought by police, as are the individuals concerned within the shootout. No motive for the shootout has been launched
His mom, Kelli Segers, stated Thursday she would by no means recover from the lack of her solely little one, who she is going to bear in mind for his “good coronary heart and disposition,” and as somebody who was “snug, pleasant, outgoing and charming.
“He was undoubtedly my satisfaction and pleasure.”
He was additionally a beneficiant individual, who made varied donations to colleges, together with Skyline, she stated. He would assist the homeless as effectively, as soon as touring to Los Angeles, the place he bought blankets for homeless individuals.
A 12 months in the past on the urging of pals, he started a profession as a DJ and was often known as PNUT. His recognition was rising and he labored at quite a few venues, from colleges to golf equipment. His profession “took off like a rocket,” his mom stated.
His purpose was to carry out everywhere in the world so he might present for his 4 youngsters, 4 months to five years previous. Solely the oldest, a son, has been advised he’s lifeless however has not but been advised the way it occurred, Kelli Segers stated.
Since her son’s demise, his mom stated, many individuals, together with some she had not heard from in 15 years, have reached out to her to inform her how a lot her son meant to them. A Tuesday fundraiser at an Uptown membership the place he DJ’d drew some 200 individuals.
Robyn Ellis, whose son attended Skyline with Kendall Segers, stated he “was well-loved due to his spirit and his total good nature. He was an actual candy and stage headed younger man.”
Kelli Segers stated the overwhelming response from those that knew her son has made her determine to have him buried at a cemetery the place his pals can go to as a substitute of easy cremation.
“He was well-loved by lots of people. He doesn’t simply belong to me,” she stated. “It actually makes me really feel higher, it makes me really feel he actually had a goal right here and he introduced pleasure to lots of people and hopefully he impressed lots of people.
“I’m grateful I had him and was capable of get pleasure from him slightly than to not have had him in any respect.”
Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are providing as much as $15,000 in reward cash for info resulting in the arrests of the suspects concerned within the demise. Anybody with info could name police at 510-238-3821 or 510-238-7950 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572.