Vallejo barbecue chef Eric Harvis was shot and killed Sunday night as he was preparing to drive home after work in the North Oakland neighborhood where he grew up.
According to the Contra Costa Times, Harvis, 41, was shot just after 7:15 p.m. on 46th Street as he sat inside his truck, which he used to haul cooking utensils and food. Police said he died at the scene.
Harvis had reportedly been cooking barbecue at his home in Vallejo and selling it at the 46th Street site in North Oakland to help pay for his upcoming wedding. Police said in the report that Harvis’ fiancee was in the truck when he was shot.
“I was one of the last people to see him,” Harvis’ sister, Jasmin Bonadie, told the Times. “I picked up his last plate of ribs, baked beans and mac n’ cheese. I haven’t even been able to eat it.”
“He would give you his last if he had anything, if you needed anything,” she continued, describing her brother’s character. “Cooking was his passion. We’d been telling him forever, ‘Your food is good, you need to be making plates.’ It’s a sad story. He had a lot of people who loved him.”
Sgt. Michael Cardoza told the Times that police are working to determine whether the shooting was part of an attempted robbery.