“Senseless Killing of James Buford, Elderly Caretaker, Shocks Community”

James Buford, a caretaker for rural Winton Park, was fatally shot on July 19. Detectives are still trying to establish a motive for the killing. Buford, who worked as a camp host at the park, was described as a “truly innocent victim” by Sheriff’s spokesman Tony Botti. The shooting is believed to be a “senseless act of violence against an old man.” Authorities have been unable to develop information about a possible suspect or suspects. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office or Crime Stoppers. Jim Guy reported

69-Year-Old Caretaker Fatally Shot in Winton Park: A Senseless Act of Violence

The slaying of James Buford, a 69-year-old caretaker for rural Winton Park, on July 19 has been described as a “senseless act of violence against an old man,” according to one of the victim’s sons. The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office is currently working to establish a motive for the fatal shooting.

A Tragic Loss

James Buford, a resident of Sanger, worked as a camp host at Winton Park in eastern Fresno County. He provided on-site security at one of the 13 parks under contract with the county. Unfortunately, despite the efforts of homicide detectives, no information about a possible suspect or suspects has been discovered.

The Discovery

Deputies were alerted to the scene after a utility worker found an injured individual near Piedra and Elwood roads, close to the park. The injured person turned out to be James Buford, who was swiftly transported to Community Regional Medical Center. Tragically, he did not survive.

An Innocent Victim

Sheriff’s spokesman Tony Botti described James Buford as “a truly innocent victim” and the situation as “truly tragic.” Unlike many homicides involving gangs or drugs, this incident is being characterized as a cowardly act.

A Life in the Outdoors

James Buford’s son revealed the irony of his father’s slaying in the Winton Park area. Buford had spent his entire life in the region, growing up in Tivy Valley and Reedley, where he worked with cattle and horses. In addition to his caretaker role, Buford had worked in security for packing sheds and as a truck driver. He was known for his love of the outdoors and had passed down his skills in fishing, shooting, and hunting to his sons.

Seeking Justice

James Buford Jr. expressed hope that someone will come forward with information to identify the person responsible for his father’s slaying. Sheriff’s spokesman Tony Botti urged anyone with additional information to contact detective Rudy Tafoya at 559-600-8207 or provide anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers at 559-498-7867. In return, a $2,000 cash reward is being offered.

Continuing Investigation

The investigation into James Buford’s slaying is ongoing. Authorities are determined to bring the perpetrator to justice and provide closure to his grieving family.

A worker found injured James Buford on July 19 near Piedra and Elwood roads. He was rushed to Community Regional Medical Center, where he died. Special to The Bee
A worker found injured James Buford on July 19 near Piedra and Elwood roads. He was rushed to Community Regional Medical Center, where he died. Special to The Bee
James Buford, left, with his sons James Buford, center, and Kody Buford.
James Buford, left, with his sons James Buford, center, and Kody Buford.
James Buford, who was slain July 19 near Winton Park, grew up in the area, riding horses and tending cattle. Special to the Bee
James Buford, who was slain July 19 near Winton Park, grew up in the area, riding horses and tending cattle. Special to the Bee
The man shot and killed near Winton Park on July 19, 2023, has been identified as 69-year-old James Buford of Sanger. Buford was contracted by Fresno County to work as a camp host. FRESNO COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
The man shot and killed near Winton Park on July 19, 2023, has been identified as 69-year-old James Buford of Sanger. Buford was contracted by Fresno County to work as a camp host. FRESNO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

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