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Investigators with Oakland Police Department's Homicide Section are asking anyone with information to contact them at (510) 238-3426.

Nishita leaves behind a wife, two children, and three grandchildren.

Prior to working as a security guard, Nishita served as a police officer at the Oakland Housing Authority, Hayward Police, San Jose Police, and the Colma Police departments.

Tributes poured in from police departments in the area.

"It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of retired Sergeant Kevin Nishita. On 11/24/21, Kevin was shot while providing security as an armed guard in Oakland. He was rushed to a local hospital for medical attention and succumbed to his injuries this morning," the Colma Police Department said on social media.

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of retired Sergeant Kevin Nishita. On 11/24/21, Kevin was shot while providing security as an armed guard in Oakland. He was rushed to a local hospital for medical attention and succumbed to his injuries this — Colma Police Department (@Colma Police Department) 1638041986

The San Jose Police Department released a statement on the murder of one of their former officers.

It is with great sadness and broken hearts that we are sharing the news of the passing of former San José Police Officer Kevin Nishita #3740. On November 24, 2021, Kevin was working a security detail for a local news crew in the City of Oakland when he was shot during an attempted robbery. He was taken to a local hospital with a life-threatening injury, he remained in critical condition until today when he succumbed to his injury.
Kevin was employed by the City of San José as a Police Officer from 2001-2012. During his time with us he worked as a Gang Investigations detective as well as working our Gaming/Vice Unit. In addition to his Police assignments, Kevin also spent some time representing his peers as a director with the San José Police Officers Association. In 2012 he joined the Colma Police Department.

San José Chief of Police Anthony Mata said, "We are heartbroken and mourning the passing of retired Colma Police Department Sergeant Kevin Nishita. Kevin was part of our San José Police family for eleven years wearing the San José Police patch with great pride."

"His contagious smile, passion to serve others, and an unmatched work ethic embodied the best of all of us," Mata continued. "As a patrol officer, gang detective, and as a person, Kevin modeled bravery, kindness, and dedication helping make San José a better place for everyone."

"We must work together and stay committed to stop senseless violence and the loss of precious life and hold those committing these acts accountable," he added.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Nishita family during this difficult time as we honor Kevin's memory. Our flags will remain at half-staff until his funeral," Mata concluded. "Our sincerest condolences to the Nishita family, he leaves behind a wife, children, and grandchildren. He touched many of us and will not be forgotten by those us who still called him friend at the San José Police Department. Godspeed."

KRON employees reacted to the tragic shooting death by praising Nishita.

"Words cannot express my heartbreak. Kevin Nishita was a good man who took his job seriously. He kept me and my colleagues safe. He did not deserve this. He and his family will be forever in my prayers," said KRON reporter Maureen Kelly.

Words cannot express my heartbreak. Kevin Nishita was a good man who took his job seriously. He kept me and my colleagues safe. He did not deserve this. He and his family will be forever in my prayers.\u00a0\u2026 — Maureen Kelly (@Maureen Kelly) 1638038881 Today we learned that Kevin Nishita has died after being shot while working as a security guard with one of our reporters on a story in Oakland. Kevin was an unbelievably kind person with a heart of gold. This never should have happened. My thoughts are with his — Kylen Mills (@Kylen Mills) 1638042258 Kevin Nishita. He was our friend. He was an officer and a gentleman in every sense of the word. I literally texted him yesterday telling him if needs anything let me know. This isn\u2019t fair. There are killers still out there who ripped him from his family — Will Tran (@Will Tran) 1638045801 I worked with Kevin often. He was a really good guy who took his job seriously. His loss is a heavy blow.\u00a0\u2026 — Chuck Clifford (@Chuck Clifford) 1638044744 Heartbroken today seeing this news. My colleagues who go out into the field spoke so highly of Kevin who helped keep them safe on the daily while doing their jobs. My heart goes out his family.\u00a0\u2026 — John Shrable (@John Shrable) 1638043648 A devastating update to the assignment turned nightmare for a KRON crew in Oakland. \n\nMy heart goes out to Kevin\u2019s family and friends.\u00a0\u2026 — Ashley Zavala (@Ashley Zavala) 1638035123

RIP Kevin he did everything with a smile and was always a joy to work with.\u00a0\u2026 — Taylor Bisacky (@Taylor Bisacky) 1638037580

This is Kevin Nishita. \n\nHe leaves behind a wife, two children and three grandchildren. \n\nHe worked as an armed guard for Star Protection Agency and is a former Police officer.\n\nHe died doing his job\u2026 protecting our reporter so she could do hers.\n\nIt\u2019s tragic and — Jonathan McCall (@Jonathan McCall) 1638033220 Kevin Nishita honorably and bravely protected Bay Area TV reporters for years. I don\u2019t pray very often but I prayed for him. \nThis morning we are heartbroken. The @ACSOSheriffs escorted his body from the hospital in Oakland with full law enforcement — Amy Larson (@Amy Larson) 1638037308

Nishita's murder was the 126th death this year that Oakland police are investigating as a homicide.

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Gold standard returns for Canada at Beijing Olympics

Canada’s hockey swagger is back at the Olympics.

Four years after walking away with bronze after the NHL did not participate in the Games, Canada’s team in Beijing has remnants of the ones that won gold in 2010 and 2014 and a roster that looks capable of doing it again. Top player Eric Staal was in Vancouver, coach Claude Julien was on the staff in Sochi and the standard is again gold or bust.

“You can never underestimate experience: the experience of having lived through it,” Julien said. “That’s invaluable.”

Julien was an assistant to coach Mike Babcock eight years ago in Sochi when Canada dominated the tournament on the way to beating Sweden in the final. Staal was not only part of the team that won in Vancouver on Sidney Crosby’s golden goal but is one of just 29 players in hockey history to win Olympic and world championship gold along with the Stanley Cup.

Staal at age 37 will likely captain Canada, which also features plenty of young talent: 2021 No. 1 pick Owen Power, No. 3 pick Mason McTavish and Northeastern University goaltender Devon Levi. Defenseman Jason Demers and forwards Daniel Winnik and David Desharnais are among the veterans with significant NHL experience.

“Any team I’ve had success on has had a great balance of both youth and experience,” Staal said. “I think the way our roster’s set up, I think we have that. It’s fun to be around those young guys. For me, as an older player, an experienced guy, it brings out more energy, more excitement.”

And likely more offense, which was one of the concerns in Pyeongchang four years ago when Canada went with an older lineup. Hockey Canada is putting more trust in young players like Power, McTavish and 22-year-old prospect Jack McBain in the name of scoring goals consistently.

“There was obviously an element of looking for that specifically and finding guys that can do that,” general manager Shane Doan said. “Goal-scoring’s the hardest thing to do in the game, so if you can find a few guys that can do that, it always helps.”

Canada’s road map to gold in Sochi was not about scoring goals as much as keeping the puck out of its own net. This team does not have Carey Price in goal or Drew Doughty on defense but hopes to foster that same identity.

“We take pride in playing well defensively and being hard to play against,” defenseman Mark Barberio said. I think the biggest thing is just to not overcomplicate our lives: play a simple game, try and get pucks moving north, break up plays defensively. I think that’s just the staple of Canadian hockey: just being hard to play against, and we’re just going to continue that tradition as we get into Beijing.”

That Canadian tradition is not about sitting back and defending. Instead, it’s predicated on possessing the puck as much as possible and wearing down opponents by going on the attack.

That may have gotten lost in 2018 in the first Winter Olympics without NHL players since 1994. But Hockey Canada is confident it has a winning plan now, and it comes with a similar strategy from Sochi that Julien and Co. hope brings the same result.

“We always talk about playing the Canadian way,” Julien said. “We’re a proud country of the way we play the game, and we’re going to be an aggressive team. And aggressive means our forecheck is going to be aggressive. We want that puck back and be aggressive also on the transition game. We want to move that puck, we like to play fast, we like to be in your face. That doesn’t change.”


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