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‘Ceasefire Walk Against Violence’ comes to West Berkeley

A small memorial was set up in West Berkeley near the site of Zontee Jones' death early last year. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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Residents, officials and members of community and religious organizations will walk through West Berkeley on Thursday night to take a stand against violence and remember three men killed in shootings earlier this year. 

Councilwoman Linda Maio’s office helped organize the walk in conjunction with Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Berkeley Congregations Organized for Action (BOCA) and other anti-violence groups. Everyone is welcome.

Three of the city’s four homicides this year have taken place in West Berkeley. In February, Zontee Jones, 34, was shot in broad daylight on Delaware Street and San Pablo Avenue. In August, on the other side of San Pablo at Delaware, Dustin Bynum, 24, was shot at close range in front of Bing’s Liquors. Then, in September, 22-year-old Anthony Medearis Jr. died in a shooting near Eighth and Camelia streets.

“Our West Berkeley residents are deeply shaken,” wrote Maio in a statement about the walk planned for Thursday, Oct. 3. “I think of this as a broad expression of concern and reclaiming our streets for safety.” … Continue reading »

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Witnesses, texts link San Leandro man to Berkeley killing

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The man charged with killing 24-year-old Dustin Bynum in Berkeley in August was seen near the crime scene before and after the shooting, according to court documents, though no one actually saw the attack.

Police wrote that Krishna Ferreira, 23, was the only person seen fleeing the scene.

“Although nobody eye-witnessed the shooting, several witnesses saw the victim and the suspected shooter seconds before and saw the same suspect flee on foot eastbound on Delaware St; nobody else was in the immediate area,” according to a court document related to Ferreira’s arrest.

Police used eyewitness accounts as well as video surveillance footage to identify the shooter. According to the report, multiple Berkeley police officers identified Ferreira in the footage.

On Aug. 1, Bynum was shot multiple times outside Bing’s Liquors, at San Pablo Avenue and Delaware Street. Passers-by told Berkeleyside he was shot several times at close range. Paramedics took Bynum to the hospital, but he was later pronounced dead. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley Police make arrest in August murder

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Berkeley Police detectives have arrested a San Leandro man in connection with the shooting death of Dustin Bynum in August, authorities said Wednesday.

On Tuesday, police arrested 23-year-old Krishna Ferreira on suspicion of murder, according to a notice released by the Berkeley Police Department on Wednesday evening.

Bynum was killed Aug. 1 outside Bing’s Liquors on San Pablo Avenue. Police said patrol officers responded to multiple reports of shots fired, with a man down in the 1800 block of San Pablo Avenue.

Officers who arrived found Bynum, 24, suffering from gunshot wounds. He was taken to a local hospital by the Berkeley Fire Department, but eventually was pronounced dead. … Continue reading »

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Relatives remember Berkeley shooting victim ‘Lil Tone’

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Family members have identified the man who died Sunday in a shooting in West Berkeley as Anthony ‘Lil Tone’ Medearis Jr.

The 22-year-old lifelong Berkeley resident and father of three children, ages 1, 4 and 7, loved to dance, and was a compassionate family man and “social networker” who was very popular in the community, said two cousins who spoke with Berkeleyside on Monday.

But Medearis also faced difficulties. Relatives said he was raised by his great grandparents and had not found a steady job since leaving high school. There were also some indications from friends that he had ties to Berkeley’s Waterfront gang.

Family members described him as a “wonderful kid” who was “proud of where he was from,” and often wore Cal Berkeley clothing to represent his love for the city.

“He was a shining star, the life of the family,” said cousin Maria Stewart, who said the two grew up much more like siblings. “He was easy going, and always open to advancement.”

Stewart described Medearis as generous, even when he didn’t have much to give.

“He helped other people and, even if he only had 30 cents in his pocket, he’d say, ‘You can have this,’” she said. … Continue reading »

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Man dies after shooting in West Berkeley

Police taped off the street while they investigate a shooting in West Berkeley on Sunday. Photo: Emilie Ragus0
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A man in his 20s was shot twice in the chest in West Berkeley around 5:40 p.m. Sunday, and has died of his wounds, according to friends and neighbors.

Berkeley Police spokeswoman officer Jennifer Coats confirmed at 9:30 p.m. that there had been shooting, that the victim was taken to the hospital, and that he was pronounced dead after he arrived there. She said police were still at Eighth and Camelia, where officers were canvassing for evidence and speaking with witnesses. Homicide detectives were on scene, and the roadway on Eighth south of Camelia remains closed off during the investigation, she said. She said police are not releasing any further details at this time.

The man, who is reported to have attended Berkeley High School, was said by several who knew him to be visiting friends in an apartment near Eighth and Camelia just before the shooting. Neighborhood residents said he was shot near a church on Camelia, then ran through an alley onto Page Street west of Eighth. He ran to a neighbor’s door to ask for help, but then collapsed on the ground, according to witnesses. The victim called out, “Help me, somebody, help me,” according to a woman who came across him on her way to the grocery store, but asked not to be named. “He looked so scared,” she said. … Continue reading »

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Police identify Berkeley shooting victim

Berkeley's third homicide of the year took place Thursday night outside Bing's Liquor's on San Pablo Avenue. Photo: Google
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Police have identified the man who died after a shooting on San Pablo Avenue on Thursday night as 24-year-old Dustin Bynum of Berkeley.

Witnesses said Bynum was shot three times at close range on Thursday at about 9:20 p.m. outside Bing’s Liquors, in the 1800 block of San Pablo. Bynum was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he later was pronounced dead, according to Berkeley Police spokeswoman officer Jennifer Coats.  … Continue reading »

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24-year-old man dies after Berkeley shooting

Berkeley's third homicide of the year took place Thursday night outside Bing's Liquor's on San Pablo Avenue. Photo: Google
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A man who was shot Thursday night outside Bing’s Liquors in northwest Berkeley was pronounced dead at the hospital, authorities said just after 11 p.m.

Berkeley Police spokeswoman officer Jennifer Coats confirmed just after 10 p.m. that the man had life-threatening injuries when he was taken to the hospital by the Berkeley Fire Department. He was later pronounced dead, said Coats via email at 11:09 p.m.

According to a statement released by police at 1 a.m., the victim was 24 years … Continue reading »

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Berkeley homicide suspect arrested in San Diego

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A 21-year-old man named by authorities as one of two people responsible for the killing of Zontee Jones in West Berkeley in February was arrested in San Diego earlier this month.

According to San Diego Police Lt. Jorge Duran, Maurice Thomas Jr. was arrested in San Diego on July 4 on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.  … Continue reading »

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Murdered man was brother of man killed by gangs in 2009

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Exclusive: The man who was shot and killed on Derby Street on Wednesday night was the older brother of a man murdered by North Oakland gang members in 2009 — and had been the intended target of that shooting.

Jermaine “Thurgood” Davis was killed around 6:52 p.m. in the 1800 block of Derby Street, according to Todd Walker, a friend of the Davis family. Berkeley police have not yet released the victim’s identity.

“He was ambushed,” said Walker. … Continue reading »

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Breaking: Man shot and killed on Derby Street in Berkeley

Police are investigating the second homicide of the year on the 1800 block of Derby Street, just west of Martin Luther King Jr. Way
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Police are on the scene investigating a homicide on the 1800 block of Derby Street in Berkeley, just west of Martin Luther King Jr. Way.

The police began to receive multiple calls reporting gunshots at 6:52 p.m. Wednesday night. When they arrived on the scene a man was found down on the sidewalk with several gunshot wounds. He was transported to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The Berkeley Police Investigation team has closed off Derby Street between MLK and Grant.

No information about the victim or possible suspects is being released at this time. … Continue reading »

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2 men named in Berkeley murder case; details emerge

A small memorial was set up in West Berkeley near the site of Zontee Jones' death early last year. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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A man arrested Sunday in connection with Berkeley’s only homicide of 2013 has been charged with murder by the Alameda County district attorney’s office, and authorities have named a second man, arrested earlier this year, in connection with the case.

Police arrested Jevon Calland, 21, in connection with the Feb. 4 shooting of 34-year-old Zontee Jones, on Delaware Street just west of San Pablo Avenue.

A second man, Maurice Thomas, also known as Maurice Thomas Jr., was listed on court documents along with Calland. Thomas is linked to a woman police arrested, but later released, on suspicion of homicide in late February. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley police make arrest in Zontee Jones murder

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Police have arrested an Oakland man in connection with the premeditated killing of Zontee Jones, who was fatally shot Feb. 4 on Delaware Street near San Pablo Avenue in West Berkeley. Jones, 34, was the city’s first homicide of 2013.

Jevon Calland, 21, was arrested June 16 on suspicion of murder. He’s being held without bail at the Berkeley Jail, according to the Alameda County sheriff’s department, and is scheduled for arraignment Wednesday afternoon.

On Feb. 4 at approximately 11 a.m., Berkeley and Albany police officers responded to multiple reports of shots fired, with a victim down near the intersection of Delaware and San Pablo. They found Jones suffering from gunshot wounds. He was taken to Highland Hospital where he was pronounced dead. … Continue reading »

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Relatives of fatal DUI crash victims file lawsuit against UC

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Update, June 12: The 25-year-old UC Berkeley graduate student who was convicted of killing his girlfriend and her 6-year-old son last year in a drunk driving crash was sentenced to prison for six years earlier this week, according to the Oakland Tribune. According to reports, Jose Lumbreras will be released in about two years after receiving credit for time served.

Original story, May 24: The parents of a UC Berkeley grad, who died along with her 6-year-old son last year after a fatal drunk driving crash in central Berkeley, have filed a lawsuit against the University of California and the man found guilty of causing the crash.

Authorities said UC Berkeley graduate student Jose Lumbreras hit a traffic roundabout at 64 mph and crashed his car into a tree on May 18, 2012, killing his girlfriend Milanca Lopez, 22, and causing injuries that resulted in the death of Lopez’s son, Xavier, a week later. Lumbreras reportedly had a blood-alcohol level of 0.219%, more than twice the legal limit, when he crashed on California Street near Allston Way at about 1:15 a.m. People familiar with the case said Lopez and Lumbreras had been out drinking to celebrate Lopez’s recent graduation. She was planning to attend UCLA in the fall to pursue a master’s degree. … Continue reading »

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