Ronald Seay, 56, is charged in the death of Amber Clark, authorities say.
(Sacramento Police Department)
Amber Clark and Ronald Seay both came to Northern California from other parts of the country. But when their lives crossed paths this year there were tragic results, according to the authorities.
Clark, 41, a library, a supervisor, who moved from Oklahoma, was fatally shot last week outside of the Sacramento library where she worked. Seay, 56, who came to the West of the St. Louis area, has been charged with murder in connection with Clark’s death.
Before you arrive in California, Seay had a history of making threats in the direction of librarians, and was several times arrested for disruptions in the St. Louis-area libraries and had been excluded from at least two of them, in Missouri, officials told the Sacramento Bee.
There was also a warrant out for his arrest, the officials said.
Scott Bonner, director of the St. Louis area library, said Seay threatened him repeatedly after a confrontation on the Ferguson Public Library on Aug. 23.
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“He was here in the library and could not find his wallet. He decided that the staff had stolen,” Bonner told the Bee, adding that Seay demanded that employees turn over the wallet.
After Seay left the library, he called the whole day with threats that are addressed to Bonner, the Bee reported.
“He was clearly a pattern,” Brentwood, Mo., police Chief Joseph Speiss told the newspaper confirms that Seay was involved in a disturbance in that city’s public library.
“He was loud in the library and had cursed, that sort of thing, and had a confrontation with the women who work,” Spiess told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
“He was clearly a pattern. … Was he loud in the library and had cursed, that sort of thing, and had a confrontation with the women who were at work.”
— Chief Joseph Speiss, Brentwood, Mo., police
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On Oct. 13, after he had arrived in Sacramento, Seay was involved in a disturbance of the municipality of North Natomas Public Library, where Clark worked, and was issued a non-infringement to the FOX 40 Sacramento reported.
Then last week, Seay allegedly shot Clark several times in the head as she sat in her car in the library car park.
Sacramento police spokesman Sgt. Vance Chandler said investigators believe Seay specifically Clark and were investigating the motive for the fatal shooting, the Sacramento Bee reported earlier.
Clark was a teacher and worked in the Northwest Library in Oklahoma City for three years before moving to California, Oklahoma City’s KWTV-DT reported.
She was a member of the Sacramento Public Library in 2015, and worked in the Florin, North Highlands and Natomas branches, according to the Mercury News of San Jose.
Julia McConnell, a lot of friends Clark made in Oklahoma City, told KWTV that she was still in shock about Clark’s death.
“Amber was a tough. She was not a victim. So it doesn’t seem likely that someone like Amber, that something like this would happen to her.” McConnell said: “You know that they don’t let anyone push her around and could really stand up and speak up for herself. So, she wasn’t a pushover.”
McConnell told the station that they will think of the good memories she shared with Clark.
“How much fun we had sitting at the reference desk, laughing. We always would joke about the musical, the library, the musical that we are going to continue,” she said. “So I really hope that I remember who she was in life and not the way she died.”
McConnell said that although Clark was a “pretty private person … once you get to know her you just know what an amazing person she is.”
In a statement on Facebook, the Sacramento Public Library Clark said, “is a champion for accessibility and inclusion, teaching all of us that we are all humans and not defined by our disabilities or differences.”