Man Killed While Feeding the Homeless With Fiancée in Oakland

The fiancée of a man killed in Oakland, California is speaking out about the shooting that took place while they were feeding the homeless.

"I never thought he would die in the street. Never," Lisa Chavez, the fiancée of Robert Herron, told KTVU in an interview published Wednesday.

Herron, 55, died after suffering multiple gunshot wounds at 9:20 a.m. on August 20. Authorities said Herron was declared dead after emergency medical personnel arrived on the scene on International Boulevard.

The alleged shooter fled the state, the Oakland Police Department said. The suspect, 33-year-old Jamal Taylor, was charged by the Alameda County District Attorney's Office on August 24 for the murder of Herron.

Taylor had boarded an Amtrak train heading to Chicago after the fatal shooting, according to authorities.

Law enforcement officials alerted the Amtrak Police Department of the suspect's several pending warrants, including a warrant for murder, and that he would be arriving at Chicago's Union Station on the evening of August 24.

When officers met Taylor on the platform, he allegedly ran from them. Authorities said the suspect then pulled out a gun and started firing at the police officers. Taylor was struck during the shootout and transported to a hospital. One Amtrak employee was also injured and received medical treatment.

The Oakland Police Department announced in a news release on August 27 that Taylor died as a result of the incident.

Chavez shed new details on her fiancée and the day of the shooting in her interview with KTVU.

"Who walks up and shoots somebody feeding?" she questioned. On Friday, Chavez said she'll resume their weekly ritual of feeding the area's homeless for the first time since Herron was killed.

The couple were together for 14 years and had been planning to go to Disneyland and get married.

"It's a fairy tale that almost happened, but it never will," she said.

There has been an increase in shootings in Oakland this year. The Oakland Police Department is currently investigating the year's 100th homicide. According to police chief Lerrone Armstrong, 10 people were killed in just the past week.

"We can be vocal about certain things, but I just don't understand why this community cannot be vocal about 100 lives lost?" Armstrong said in a news conference on Monday.

"I just ask that everybody come together collectively to say that this has to stop," Armstrong said. "I say this every time we have a press conference. I am tired of appealing before you. We gotta do the work."

Newsweek reached out to the Oakland Police Department for additional comment, but didn't receive a response before publication.

Oakland Man Killed While Feeding the Homeless
The fiancée of a man killed in Oakland, California is speaking out about the shooting that took place while they were feeding the homeless. In this photo, police tape is stretched across a street near a residence involved an unrelated shooting in Philadelphia. Mark Makela/Getty Images