A San Diego teenager witnessed her boyfriend's murder after the couple answered a Craigslist advertisement last week. In an exclusive interview, the teenager relives the terrifying moments leading up to the shooting.
“My prom is next weekend and Garrett was supposed to take me,” Ali Faudoa, 18, said of her boyfriend Garrett Berki.
Berki was shot and killed sitting behind the wheel of a car May 11 in Paradise Hills.
Faudoa was with him when the two drove to Casey Street around 10:30 p.m. thinking they were going to buy and pickup a computer listed for sale on Craigslist.
“If just the littlest thing changed it would have made the biggest difference but it happened so fast,” said Faudoa.
Three teens met the couple and demanded their wallets and cell phones.
When the suspects drove off in a green Honda Accord, the couple followed in their vehicle hoping to get a license plate number investigators said.
Police say the two vehicles ended up in a cul-de-sac in the 3000 block of Artemia Way, one of the suspects opened fire and shot Berki in his car.
“I regret it now. I will admit it," said Faudoa. "I was right there with Garrett. I trusted him with everything.”
Berki's family, including three siblings, want to turn his murder into a lesson. They're warning others to be careful when answering online ads.
“I lost a part of me," said his mother Connie Berki. "A hole in my heart and I don't want someone to feel this hole.. not from something like this."
"There was no reason for this,” she said.
As tough as it may be, this family realizes life must go on.
A memorial is scheduled Wednesday in Sorrento Valley. There will be a burial Thursday and a paddle out in front of the Berki family home at 7 p.m. on Ocean Front walk in Mission Beach.
Even special occasions, like prom will take place without Berki. Although it'll never be the same.
"I don't have a date as of right now,” said Faudoa tearfully, “I don't even know if I am going cause that might be difficult."
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