DALY CITY, California — A lovelorn airport worker gunned down the fiance of a colleague he was smitten with in a bizarre bid to win her heart, prosecutors said.
Kevin Prasad, 31, had spent months trying to convince Thandel Seinn, a fellow security worker at San Francisco International Airport, to dump her boyfriend and date him instead, the San Mateo District Attorney’s office said.
Seinn consistently told him she wasn’t interested and pointing out she had a 3-year-old child with her long-time boyfriend, Mark Mangaccat.
“We were friends. At the airport we work in same job; [my] boyfriend, me and him, we were friends,” she told KPIX-TV.
But a day before she and Mangaccat were preparing to move to Las Vegas to start a new life, prosecutors say Prasad lay in wait outside his love interest’s home and shot her fiance in the driveway.
“As our victim was backing the car in, with his girlfriend in the car, Mr. Prasad jumped out of the car and came running up and fired through the window while they were both there,” said San Mateo District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. “It is just through great fortune that she wasn’t also struck by one of the five or six bullets that were fired.”
Seinn said it didn’t immediately occur to her that Prasad could be the killer as he had seemed so harmless.
“He just tell me, ‘Don’t go’ and ‘I want to be with you,’” she said. “He would just say something like a friendly joke.”
Prasad and his pal, Donovan Rivera, who served as a getaway driver, have been charged with murder and could face life in prison if convicted.