Locals Place Wreath for 20 Year Old Killed in Lafayette Shooting

After the shooting death of Lafayette resident Basel Jilani, locals placed wreaths of flowers along Taylor Boulevard where the shooting occurred. It was a small step towards memorializing the life lost in the shooting.

In the above photograph taken last week by the Bay Area Telegraph, a small wreath of flowers is visible. It is leaned against a telephone pole and cellular tower adjacent to the scene where Jilani was allegedly shot in the stomach following what was initially labeled a suspected road rage incident. Taylor Boulevard can be seen in the background.

Details of the shooting remain unclear. A Contra Costa sheriff has revealed the time that the shooting took place, and confirmed that it was deadly. They’ve also confirmed the name of the victim, Basel Jilani. Jilani was only 20 years old, adding to the tragedy of this situation.

All the other details are currently not being released, as the death is under active investigation. As of Monday, no arrests have been reported in the case. Some residents have reported that local police searched the presumed home of the victim on Arbor View Court. Arbor View Court is approximately half a mile from the scene of the shooting.

The scene of the shooting several days later. Credit: Bay Area Telegraph.

It’s not known who placed flowers at the scene. At the moment, it’s the only physical indicator that the shooting took place. Although Taylor Boulevard was shut down for several hours while police investigated, it’s now open. One would have no idea a shooting took place on the busy Pleasant Hill road.

Still, this death and its aftermath have rocked the local community, in an area that is normally very quiet and considered safe.

Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith is a food and travel photographer and writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His photographic work routinely appears in publications including Food and Wine, Conde Nast Traveler, and the New York Times and his writing appears in IEEE Spectrum, SFGate, the Bold Italic and more. Smith holds a degree in Cognitive Science (Neuroscience) and Anthropology from the Johns Hopkins University.

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