ORINDA — The killings of five people at a Halloween party remain unsolved more than a week later as a victim’s family clashed with the company in the aftermath of violence at an Airbnb rental home.
Police have not addressed a possible motive in the fatal shootings in Orinda that sent more than 100 terrified partygoers running for safety, nor have they announced any arrests, though local media has reported that the violence may have stemmed from a fight between two rival groups.
Authorities have not addressed the reports and Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jimmy Lee didn’t return a phone message Friday seeking comment.
Airbnb has announced it will pay funeral expenses for the five victims and cover counseling bills for their families, The San Francisco Chronicle reported.
The decision comes after a victim’s lawyer, Jesse Danoff, who represents the family of Raymon Hill, Jr., blasted the company’s response to the shooting, saying Airbnb “responded in public with platitudes and thoughts and prayers.”
“The family of Mr. Raymon Hill, Jr. has watched with heartache as the narrative surrounding the Halloween mass shooting in Orinda has been spun, with racially charged insensitivity, to place a large degree of blame on the victims for this horrific incident,” Danoff wrote in a statement Thursday.
Airbnb said it has set aside funds for the funeral and counseling and has been in contact with Danoff, who didn’t return a message Friday seeking comment.
Airbnb’s CEO Brian Chesky said the San Francisco-based company was taking steps to stop unauthorized parties in the wake of the deadly shooting.