Oroville, Calif.— An Oroville man, now identified as 22-year-old Adam Krater was shot in the head and killed this weekend, and family said the suspect is a long-time friend of his.
"It's still brand new and fresh and it doesn't seem real, but because of my faith I know where Adam's at, I know Adam's safe in the arms of God right now," said Dianne George, the mother of the victim.
She said she still hasn't been able to process the death of her son.
"It's always the ones that are left behind that don't know how to deal and we're going to deal the best way we know how," she said.
Police say 25-year-old Noah Gonzales turned himself into police hours after he dropped Krater off at Oroville Hospital. Gonzales left by the time the time they arrived.
Although Krater is gone, his family are remembering the good times they had with him.
"Adam just loved life, he wanted to live so much, he wanted to do so much, and obviously everybody knows how much he loved skateboarding. He was a daredevil and would do crazy stuff around here,' George said.
They said he loved Oroville, and especially loved his job at Wal-Mart.
"He loved working in the bike department, he loved educating people on different bikes. And same with the skate park, he loved teaching different people about skating," said his sister Jordan Nace.
They said he had a huge heart and really just wanted to be happy. While they're sad about his death, they're using it as a learning experience.
"We are all just trying to focus on living our life in his honor. Rather than thinking of all the times I wish I could've told him one more time, it’s okay, let me learn from this and tell those that we love every day that we love them," Nace said.
His mom is spreading to the love to the suspect.
"I want Noah to know that I know it was a mistake, it was an accident. I know he was scared and he's scared now and I just want him to know that I love him too. He's been part of our family for a very long time and I don't blame him and I want him to know that."
Gonzales is being held in Butte County jail on a $1,000,000 bail.
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