The bystander killed by gunfire outside Capitol Casino early Sunday morning was mourned by friends and colleagues, who remembered his smile and kindness when he worked for three California governors.
Nicholas Broadway, 36, was well-known and well-liked.
“Nick was an outstanding employee and very good friend,” said Lauren Thurston, who worked with Broadway in the constituent affairs office for Gov. Schwarzenegger.
“Every year on Mother’s Day or my birthday he would shoot me a text,” Thurston said. Thursday was Thurston’s birthday, and that was the last she heard from him. She said she was shocked and saddened by his death.
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Jessica Hsiang Ng, who worked with him in the Schwarzenegger administration, said Broadway was devoted to his family and son.
He was “a great colleague, a great father and someone who was extremely devoted to his family," Ng said. "He was in the office with a smile every day. He was a good soul."
According to his LinkedIn profile, Broadway served as a constituent affairs files supervisor and mail room supervisor for Gov. Schwarzenegger from 2006 to 2011, then as a mail processing supervisor in the office of Gov. Jerry Brown from 2011 to 2013. Later, for more than a year, Broadway was the office manager for State Sen. Marty Block, D-San Diego.
Broadway previously worked as a staff assistant to Gov. Gray Davis from 1999 to 2003, according to the profile.
Former Assemblyman Steven Bradford tweeted about Broadway Sunday evening: “I am deeply saddened to hear Nick Broadway, former staffer at the Cap was killed last night (innocent bystander).”
John Masterson, an aide in the governor’s office through the Best Buddies non-profit program, posted on Facebook Sunday evening: “I love you, Mr. Nick. I am going to miss you.”
Broadway was shot while a suspect was engaged in a gun battle with a Sacramento police officer in the parking lot of the cardroom around 1:37 a.m, according to Sacramento Police Department spokesman Matthew McPhail. The suspect fled and remains on the loose.
McPhail said investigators believe the suspect killed Broadway based on where the parties were standing at the time.