KGB Kiteboarding proprietor killed in tragic vehicular homicide

Published On May 30, 2015 | By Rob Arias | Crime & Public Safety, News & Commentary

The Bay Area News Group is reporting the tragic death of KGB Kiteboarding proprietor Royce V. Vaughn who was deliberately struck and killed by a vehicle in West Oakland. Vaughn operated KGB out of the Emeryville Marina and was well respected in the Kiteboarding Community. Authorities are looking for a 2013 white Toyota FJ Cruiser. Crimestoppers is offering up to $10,000 in reward money for information leading to the arrest of the driver.


West Oakland vehicle death called homicide

By Harry Harris and David DeBolt

OAKLAND – A man died late Friday after he was apparently deliberately hit by a vehicle in West Oakland and police are investigating the death as a homicide, authorities said Saturday.

The victim was identified by police as Royce V. Vaughn, 47, of Oakland.

Vaughn, who ran a kiteboarding business in Emeryville, was found unconscious about 11:10 p.m. Friday in the 800 block of 28th Street between San Pablo Avenue and West Street. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police have evidence he was deliberately struck by a vehicle that did not remain at the scene.

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Feature Image: Vaughn’s profile on Yelp
Action Image: Vaughn’s Facebook profile

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7 Responses to KGB Kiteboarding proprietor killed in tragic vehicular homicide

  1. berg says:

    So tragic. RIP.

  2. Peter Rhymer says:

    Rest in peace Royce, you have great energy.

  3. Daniel says:

    Rest in peace Royce .. May God have you in his glory now

  4. Alan says:

    Rest in peace my best friend!! You will be missed!!

  5. aleks says:

    R.I.P. Royce!! It was a pleasure to meet You and be a part of Your last season.. 🙁 [*]

  6. David Grove says:

    RIP brother. Well catch waves on the other side.

  7. Anonymous says:

    We miss you Royce….you were a man of great character and will never be forgotten.

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