Double homicide brings Oakland’s number to 102 for the year; A prayer vigil marks a milestone
Members of the Oakland community gathered for a Sunday prayer vigil to mark the city’s 100th homicide last week, and hours earlier the number rose to 102 with the fatal shootings of two more young men .
With just over three months remaining in the year, Oakland is on track to total about 20% more homicides than in 2020, last year already marking a slight increase from the previous year.
The two men killed on Sunday morning were gunned down around 1:55 p.m. on the 3700 block of High Street, and their names have not yet been released, as reported by KRON4. Their ages: 21 and 26 years old. Police continue to investigate the motive for the shooting and have yet to find a suspect.
The prayer vigil in Mosswood Park on Sunday was previously planned by the Bay Area Community Benefit Organization, a coalition of churches that has held similar events throughout this year. As KTVU reports, the rally was intended to mark the grim milestone of the 100 murders in the city last Monday.
“When we started this we were down to 22 murders in Oakland and it was devastating for us, and now here we are about seven, eight months later, and we have over 100 murders right now,” LJ Jennings said. of Bay Area Community Benefit. Organization, by KTVU.
Bob Jackson of Acts Full Gospel Church appealed to Governor Gavin Newsom at the event, saying, âWho’s helping us? Governor Newsom are you watching TV, can you come and help Oakland. We need help.
Oakland recorded 109 homicides in 2020, up from 74 in 2019 and 67 in 2018, meaning this year’s total is almost guaranteed to be double the number of homicides three years ago.
Following a shootout last week between an Oakland police officer and a suspect, both of which were injured, Oakland Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong called the trend “intolerable. “. His comments also ended a week in which the city saw 10 new homicides.
“It’s a sober reminder of how dangerous the city of Oakland is,” Armstrong said at a press conference. “How armed suspects will quickly use these guns against our officers as we have seen in so many other cases. The hundred homicides in our town. Three shootings last night alone. The level of violence in this town continues to rise. be intolerable. “
Armstrong this year criticized city council efforts to pull funding – and agents – from the department.
âWe can talk about some things. I just don’t understand why this community can’t talk about a hundred lives lost,â Armstrong said last week, according to KPIX. “We can scream and scream about anything the police department does wrong, but right now we can’t talk about what’s bothering us all. And that is gun violence.”