"He'd make a joke out of anything, even in the most desperate times, like now he would make a joke and make us all laugh, even when we're hurting in pain," said Chelsi Pascua.
Frank Pascua's family tries to keep the laughter going, even though the biggest jokester of them all is gone. The retired Bakersfield Police officer left behind two children, a fiancée, and several loved ones. Frank's brother and fiancée were with him when a gunman approached their car as they were parking at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino on Christmas Eve.
Clarence Pascua says his brother's instincts kicked in as the suspect pointed the gun at their heads and ordered them out of the car.
"He kind of had the instinct like no, you're not doing this to my family, they tussled, he grabbed the gun and it went off, unfortunately one bullet did it to him, he saved our lives and was a hero," said Clarence Pascua.
After the murder, the gunman carjacked another driver and took off. He's now in the loose and has been identified as John Albert Campos Senior, a violent felon with a long criminal history.
"It's very scary, scary for our community. I don't want anyone else to get hurt or angry toward the casino, because it seemed like there was no security there to help us," said Clarence.
Police and Federal Agents are searching for Campos who is believed to be armed and dangerous.
"Not angry right now, but if he would turn himself in we would have a weight off our shoulders," said Chelsi.
A $5,000 reward is currently being offered for information leading to his arrest.