Filipino security guard in SF shot dead while on FaceTime with wife

/ 09:33 PM July 12, 2018

Rolando Romero of Hayward, California was shot dead in a San Francisco housing complex where he worked as a security guard. CONTRIBUTED

SAN FRANCISCO– A 61-year-old Filipino security guard at a public housing complex was shot and killed on July 2 while he was conversing with his wife on FaceTime.

Rolando Romero of Hayward, California was killed near Fitzgerald Avenue and Arelious Walker Drive around 5 a.m. in the Bayview District.


A suspect, Cardell Coleman, 24, pleaded not guilty of murder on July 10. Coleman lived at the housing complex.  He allegedly shot Romero two times while the victim was video-chatting with his wife. His motive for the killing hasn’t been disclosed, according to a report by KTVU News.

Romero was an overnight security guard at an area of the Alice Griffith public housing development that was under construction.


Officers found Romero suffering from gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at San Francisco General Hospital.

Surveillance video helped police connect Coleman to the crime. Plainclothes officers arrested him the following day, July 3.

The San Francisco Police Officers Association has donated $1,000 to the GoFundMe page created by Romero’s family in order to help bury him in the Philippines. Coleman remains in custody without bail.

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