The Berkeley Police Department reports that the man who was found shot dead in his back yard Tuesday afternoon at 1634 Blake Street was 30-year-old Tobias Pemadorji Eagle.
The BPD has not made any arrests or confirmed a possible motive in the case, and does not believe this was a random shooting. It is offering a $15,000 reward, and Bay Area Crime Stoppers is offering an additional $2,000 reward, for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects responsible for the city’s first homicide of 2011.
On Tuesday at about 1pm the BPD received a call of possible gunshots in the area of the 1600 block of Blake Street. Officers found Tobias Pemadorji Eagle of Berkeley lying in the rear yard of his home. City of Berkeley Fire Department paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.
The BPD is urging anyone who may know anything about this homicide to call the BPD Homicide detail at (510) 981-5741 or the 24-hour BPD non-emergency number at (510) 981-5900. If a community member wishes to remain anonymous, he/she is encouraged to call Bay Area Crimes Stoppers at (800)-222-TIPS (8477). Any information may be critical to solving this crime. The police point out that sometimes the smallest, or seemingly insignificant, detail can be the key to arresting the suspect or suspects in a crime.
Related: Many members of the Blake Street neighborhood have been sharing their thoughts about the crime, and their memories of the victim, in the Comments section of our story published yesterday about the homicide.