SOURCE: Barona Gaming Commission

Barona Gaming Commission

December 30, 2009 17:18 ET

Statement From the Barona Gaming Commission

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - December 30, 2009) - "This is a very difficult time for the Barona family and our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of this unimaginable tragedy. Since this is an ongoing murder/suicide investigation all inquiries should be made to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

We are saddened over the loss of Raymundo Casillas who was killed yesterday in his office at the Barona Tribal Gaming Commission. According to the Sheriff's Department, Raymundo was fatally shot by his former employee Donnell Roberts, who then killed himself.

While there are no words to describe how horrible this incident was, we want to express our deep gratitude to the Barona Security Department, the San Diego Sheriff's Department, the California Highway Patrol, Barona Tribal Enforcement and the Barona Fire Department for their quick response.

Raymundo had been the Executive Director of the Gaming Commission since December 2008. His responsibilities were to oversee the departments that ensure the casino is in compliance with federal, state and tribal laws, including the Federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) and the tribal-state compact.

Donnell Roberts was terminated from his position as a compliance officer for the Gaming Commission in November. Prior to joining the Gaming Commission, he was a security guard at the Barona Resort & Casino.

Grief counseling is being provided to staff through Barona's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and the San Diego County Sheriff's Department."

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Audrey Doherty
    (619) 977-7960

    Kelly Jacobs Speer
    (619) 933-5013

    Sheilla Alvarez
    (619) 402-0182