Police watch for violence at funeral for 19-year-old

Berkeley police maintained a presence Thursday outside McGee Baptist Church, the site of the funeral for 19-year old Ceejay Reed. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel

Berkeley police maintained a presence Thursday outside McGee Ave. Baptist Church, the site of the funeral for 19-year-old Ceejay Reed. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel

Berkeley police were out in force Thursday for the funeral of Ceejay Reed, 19, at McGee Avenue Baptist Church in South Berkeley.

The police established a visible presence on McGee and Stuart Street around 11 a.m. in an effort to deter a repeat of a shooting Tuesday night in East Oakland during a street vigil for Reed. On that occasion, a car driving by a group of people mourning Reed in the 5000 block of Melrose Avenue fired 20 to 30 bullets, one of which killed a 19-year-old Antioch man. Some of the bullets shattered the window of Oakland Fire Station 18, narrowly missing two firefighters, according to news reports.

Mourners gathered in front of McGee Baptist Church. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel

Mourners gathered in front of McGee Avenue Baptist Church. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel

Reed was killed in a drive-by shooting on 53rd Street in North Oakland on April 26 around 9:30 p.m. He and some friends had just parked a car when they were sprayed with bullets. The other two were also shot, but are expected to recover.

Reed’s family had held the vigil in East Oakland because of safety concerns, police told the Oakland Tribune.

A limousine from Fouche's Hudson Funeral Home brought the family to the church. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel

A limousine from Fouche’s Hudson Funeral Home brought the family to the church. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel

Berkeley police were concerned that those who shot up the vigil for Reed on Tuesday might come to his funeral. The department sent six police cars and a motorcycle officer to the area around McGee Avenue Baptist Church to act as a deterrent. The officers parked a short distance away from the entrance of the church so as not to interfere with those going to the funeral.

A friend of Ceejay Reed's holds up a laminated memorial to him. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel

A friend of Ceejay Reed’s holds up a laminated memorial to him. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel

“Obviously we are concerned about what happened in Oakland,” said Sgt. Andrew Rateaver. “We don’t want a repeat of that. We are here to allow mourners to mourn in safety.”

A number of the officers monitoring the activity around the church belonged to the police reserves, said Rateaver. They are part-time, on-call officers, he said.

A number of mourners, many of whom were dressed in white, said they welcomed the police presence.

“It’s a good thing,” said one woman, who did not identify herself. “We feel safe about that. Put that in.”

Reed lived in Oakland at the time of his death, but used to live in Berkeley, according to one of the mourners.

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  • bgal4

    This is my street. I saw plenty of mean mugging by gangsters towards the cops. Sure the elders were grateful for police presence but the church did not have a metal detector or body search to remove guns from mourners.

    The photo was taken just a few yard from where my son was robbed with injury when he was 15 year.

    Those who complained about my criticism of Berkeley School Report comment “We must keep working together to find a way to keep our streets safe to prevent tragedies like this from happening.”

    are f…. clueless

    the violence is only going to get worse, thanks to people like you.

  • Babayaga

    Wait you’re against “working together find a way to keep our streets safe”? People who want to work together to make the streets safer are clueless and the cause of increased violence? What am I missing here?

  • guest

    bgal doesn’t want to work together to keep our streets safe…
    and thinks that people who do are making violence worse….
    So if we work against each other, will that make things safer?
    Seriously, i’m clueless as to what you propose will help here.

  • The_Sharkey

    Her comment was a criticism of the plaintively whining naivete expressed by “Berkeley School Rep” in the discussion on this article:

    http://www.berkeleyside.com/2013/05/08/berkeley-community-remembers-teen-slain-in-oakland/#disqus_thread

  • bgal4

    Nice parsing of my sentence, but I call FOUL. I said my criticism to that statement.

    go read my comments, I explain it plenty well, many readers understand the significant difference between creating last change at the neighborhood level versus funding yet another unaccountable program which provides employment for a few select individuals.

    To understand the agenda promoted by Berkeley Schools Report agenda see
    http://www.berkeleyschoolsreport.com/
    This is another heartbreaking reminder that we must stop the violence in our community. One way to do that is to follow Pastor Michael McBride of the The Way Christian Center and PICO Lifelines to Healing and Rabbi Menachem Creditor of Congregation Netivot Shalom,both on University Ave in Berkeley. Both of these faith-based leaders do a lot of work to promote non-violence in Berkeley and beyond
    (including collaboration with Vice President Joseph Biden).

    Yes I am angry, much has been taken from me by these low life thugs.

  • John Holland

    A statement like “We must keep working together to find a way to keep our streets safe to prevent tragedies like this from happening.” is a Rorschach test. You can learn a lot about someone by the way they react to it.

  • John Holland

    As someone who lived two blocks from the church, I’m very familiar with this area. I still have friends who live right there.

    People who don’t live in this area don’t understand how complex the situation is. They think it’s just about “good people” vs. “bad people”. Of course, it is much more than that.

    When you live in this neighborhood, you see the real life struggles that contribute to the higher levels of crime and suffering. You start to develop compassion for your neighbors, even for people who make bad choices. You see how “iron fist” approaches have not solved the problems.

    Isolated enforcement efforts won’t solve these problems. It will take cooperation from all community stakeholders: residents, law enforcement, faith based organisations, city administration and others to improve this situation.

  • bgal4

    What am I missing here?

    plenty, you parse the sentence to create an alternative meaning.

  • The_Sharkey

    On a blank slate, sure. But I don’t think that’s true in this case given the history between “bgal4″ and “Berkeley Schools Rep.”

  • bgal4

    We have far less shootings in this hood,thanks to ROC efforts and my leadership. This victim was from Oakland, not here. We would have deployed as you call them “iron fist” tactics.

    Bottom line, denial gives way to bargaining and you are in the bargaining stage.

    no thanks.

  • bgal4

    It is a question of agendas, denial, bargaining, pandering to poverty pimps, do gooders armed with good intentions, lying, racial paternalism, soft bigotry of lower expectations, and of course my outrage gets their attention quicker than the news that OPD Chief Jordan resigned, likely due to stress from gangster violence and the political bargaining over control of our streets.

  • WuiceJeasel

    Loving thoughts and gentle prayers for CeeJay and for his family.

    May the african american community end the madness.

  • The_Sharkey

    Half your comments are “loving thoughts & prayers” and the other half are wishing death on people.

    You’re an odd bird.

  • creeped out by this comment

    It seems very odd to me that you read a wish in WuiceJeasel’s comment for death on people. Where do you get a wish for death ono people in what WuiceJeasel wrote here?

  • Bill N

    This is a weird comment Sharkey not up to your normal level of irony, sarcasm or on-point comments.

  • guest

    Allow me to translate, I speak enabler:

    “We must keep working together to find a way to keep our streets safe to prevent tragedies like this from happening.”

    1. “We must keep working together”

    translation: We must protect the status quo because:
    a) my job depends on it
    b) my self sacrificing sense of self depends on it.
    c) both

    2. “…to find a way to keep our streets safe…”

    translation: Any idiot knows our streets are not safe, but maybe by implying that they are, I’ll be seen as a positive thinker!

    3. “…to prevent tragedies like this from happening.”

    translation: I have no clue as to what’s really going on, or what to do about, but this last comment is so lame, maybe you’ll let me slide.

  • guest

    JH…see translation above.

  • guest

    “…when someone shot Ward St fat Rob in the ass.”

    b4gal you are awesome!

    Hey, MacArthur Grant people wake up! This gal’s a genius who rocks…from the school of hard knocks!

  • guest

    I kind of agree. But there is something vaguely self serving about these obvious mini platitudes. It’s like he’s applying to be the town’s empath.

  • The_Sharkey

    Not this comment. His other comments on other stories.

    Click on his screen name and you can see comments he has made on other stories.

  • guest

    “Seriously, i’m clueless as to what you propose will help here.”

    Honesty. BFT/BUSD have grown fat on us. We know it. They know it. Do your own due diligence and enlighten yourself. Then you’ll know it.

  • guest

    No surprise you’re clueless. The most effective pawns are the one who have no idea they’re being used.

  • guest

    I learned you believe in Rorschach tests. Retro…I like it.

  • guest

    “Isolated enforcement efforts won’t solve these problems. It will take cooperation from all community stakeholders: residents, law enforcement, faith based organisations, city administration and others to improve this situation.”

    JH…and here I thought gratuitous generic feel good responses were beneath you. “Faith Based”? Lordy!

  • 4eenie

    He’s like the commenter (or is the same guy) who posts on sfgate.com. Seems harmless at first, but ends up irking the hell out of everyone with the fake sympathy.

  • Mbfarrel

    SCLC. Yep, no help from faith. We’re to sophisticated.

  • bgal4

    OPD did a sweep of west Oakland following the Reed shooting at 53rd and MLK.
    Friday night there was another north Oakland shooting on Adeline at 61st leaving the victim, 17 years old on life support. Residents reported 20-30 gunshots, many hit the floor for cover, again innocent people homes were hit with gunfire. The number of deaths from stray bullets is increasing in Oakland.

    Clearly, gang tension are running high north Oakland is under siege, Woolsey St has experienced several shootings recently. Apparently BPD has good intel so hopefully arrests will be made soon.

    This is urban terrorism. These gangsters chose this way of life, they no shame or respect for life.

  • Truth Sayer

    In reply to your statement that “I bet you can’t name a single killer from this hood, that is how connected you are.” Its apparent that you are claiming bragging rights to knowing a killer in your [neighbor]hood. Truth be told, most people don’t know a killer, and don’t want to know one. Since you imply knowing one, I do not wish to be connected, thank you.

  • Truth Sayer

    You are right Sharkey. Wuicejeasel, AKA Dr. Jekyll and Hyde, goes from tear jerking “warm thoughts and prayers to “Where is there a big semi truck running a red light when you need one?”