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On October 27, 2016, at approximately 8:45 pm, Jim Gilliland was killed in front of his home and residence of more than 32 years in El Cerrito, CA.  He was taken away from his family and friends in a senseless act of violence and his loss leaves a gaping hole in the lives of so many. 

There is a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those involved in this heinous crime. 

We hope this reward will encourage anyone with information to immediately come forward.

If you have information, please call this toll-free, tip-line (866.TIP.4JIM); reach out via email (; or through this website using the form below.

Jim was a relentless advocate for his friends, his clients and most of all for his family. He would fight for any one of us in a similar situation.  Jim taught us to be relentless as well. We will NEVER stop fighting for him until justice is served.

Gilliland Family Statement
July 12, 2017
The Gilliland family asks that members of the public and the media continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.

We would like to thank the El Cerrito Police Department and Jim’s friends for their efforts in connection with the investigation. 

Our husband and father, Jim Gilliland, was murdered eight months ago – a crime that is yet unsolved. It was an unthinkable act, committed in front of our family home of 32 years in El Cerrito, a community we love.

Jim sang in the church choir for decades, sharing his love of music with each of us. He loved and cheered the San Francisco Giants, the Golden State Warriors, and the Pittsburgh Steelers, the team he grew up with.  We cheered alongside him.

He was a big-hearted and warm person, generous with his time and skills to anyone who might benefit.  As a husband, he was a true partner in life and his love of our family was paramount.  As a father, he was completely involved in our lives.  He coached us in sports, taught us how to drive, came to our music recitals and made us endlessly edit our essays.  He supported us in our adventures and helped us with the obstacles that life brings. 

But he wasn’t there just for us.  He worked tirelessly for the education of underserved communities in Richmond and Oakland.  He coached Little League; he served everyone from clients to fellow volunteers with dignity and respect; he worked hard to make every institution he served a better place for all.  He was loved by many.

It is hard for us to imagine who would want to kill such a kind and gentle soul.

We miss him terribly. We would like others to be spared our feelings of profound loss, to be spared the sadness and grief we experience every day.  Every birthday, Father’s Day, and anniversary reminds us of the father and husband who was taken from us. 

We ask anyone who can provide any leads or information on this case to contact the El Cerrito Police Department, call the toll-free tip-line (866.TIP.4JIM), reach out via email ( or through the website (  

Renewed efforts to find a suspect and the inspiration of such a generous reward give us some hope. The police are working hard but we need your help.  We believe that someone listening or watching could help solve this crime. Please, please step forward.

Site last updated: 7.12.17