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Family continues to support brother shot by former detective at celebration of life

Posted at 5:11 AM, May 05, 2019

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A man killed in a high-profile deadly shooting was remembered in a celebration of life on Saturday.

Sean Babbitt's accused killer, his former mother-in-law Pamela Bordeaux, a former Las Vegas Metropolitan Police detective, is behind bars accused of murder for repeatedly shooting him during a supervised visit with his child.

Babbitt's sendoff at a ballroom at the Westgate started with a reception.

"As you take a look at this room, Sean had a big influence on a lot of people's lives, and they're all showing up today to pay their respects to him," said Dan Mandarino, Sean's stepfather.

"I'm just thrilled that everybody who came out could come out because a lot of people still couldn't make it, and it's just very touching," said Chris Babbitt, Sean's brother. They started a band together. Sean's friends and family said that the service, with the feel of a concert, was a fitting tribute.

"Look at this outpouring of support and love in this room right now," said Shevawn Von Tobel, Sean's friend. "And it's all because of Sean and the legacy he left," she told 13 Action News.

As Sean Babbitt's accused killer, his ex-mother-in-law and retired detective Pamela Bordeaux, mounts her defense on why she shot him ten times, you can expect Babbitt's older brother, Chris, to be his voice in the months and years to come. Chris took to social media this week defending his slain brother.

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"I just felt it was important since Sean is not here to speak in his own defense of who he truly is, that the people who knew him best are able to do that for him," Chris said.

"My brother was magnificent, and he was loved," Chris added. "He's just a good person down to the core and he showed that to everyone he met," he added.

Pamela Bordeaux remains in the Clark County Detention Center. She's charged with murder for opening fire on Sean Babbitt gunning him down during a supervised visit with his 3-year-old son at a home near Durango and El Capitan on April 22.

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Calling her a danger to Babbitt's family, the judge ordered that the former detective be held without bail.

Bordeaux is due in court for a preliminary hearing May 21.