The killer – the boy’s own father – was allowed to buy a firearm used in the murder, even though he was legally prohibited from buying firearms

SAN FRANCISCO and HANFORD, Calif., October 19, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The mother of a 10-year-old boy who was killed by his own father today filed a lawsuit (link to file) in San Francisco County Superior Court against the United States Department of Justice. California. The lawsuit (filed by Alioto Legal) seeks to force the Department to comply with the California Public Records Act and release records of a botched background check that gave the boy’s killer access to a firearm, even if it had been legally prohibited by a state. court to possess firearms.

The petitioner, Christy Camara Gomesrepresented by lawyer Joseph M. Alioto Jr.filed the motion in response to the California Department of Justice‘s refusal to release documents that would reveal how Christy’s ex-husband, Victor Gomeswas able to obtain the murder weapon from a state-licensed gun dealer while under an order of the Superior Court of Kings County not own firearms.

“The state of california has now failed Wyland twice: first by neglecting to prevent a banned person from buying the gun he used to kill Wyland; and now again by refusing to release documents that will expose state failure,” Alioto said.

Gomes used the gun to shoot and kill Wyland on March 2, 2020. Gomes then shot and killed himself. On October 24, 2016the Superior Court of Kings County ordered Gomes not to own a gun when he threatened to kill his son and himself after receiving divorce papers from Christy Camara Gomes. The ban on firearms has been extended to September 9, 2017. Gomes bought the gun used in the murder on May 17, 2017. In August 2021, Christy Camara Gomes requested records from various agencies, including the Justice Department, to determine how Gomes was able to purchase a gun while under a court order not to possess firearms . The Justice Department declined to release the records.

“No other parent should have to endure the pain I feel daily. My hope with this petition is that I will finally have answers and be able to work with the state to pass the ‘Wyland Act’ – a law that will save the other children’s lives. I want Wyland’s life to be a legacy, a legacy that reveals the truth and solves problems so that we can prevent this tragedy from happening to another family,” Camara Gomes said.

About WylandThomas Gomes and Christy Camara Gomes

WylandThomas Gomes was born in 2009 and was the first grandchild in his family. He attended Kings River-Hardwick School and was deeply loved by his friends and teachers. He enjoyed playing video games, hanging out with friends, and spending time with his loving family.

Christy Camara Gomes is Wyland’s mother. She grew up in Hanford, California but now calls the Central Coast its home. She is currently writing a book about Wyland’s life and thinks sharing his story will help bereaved parents normalize how they feel. His website and blog can be found here.

About Joseph M. Alioto, Jr.

Joseph Alioto Jr. is a seasoned attorney and former Assistant United States Attorney with more than two decades of experience advocating for consumers, victims of crime, small businesses and individuals in California. His interest in combating gun violence stems from his work prosecuting violent organized crime for the United States Department of Justice in San Francisco and Oakland. Learn more at

SOURCE Alioto Law


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