Tag Archives: Homicide in Berkeley
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Police have released a description of the man believed to be responsible for a shooting early Sunday morning that left a Fremont student dead outside a car on Grizzly Peak Boulevard.
This week, the University of California Police Department identified 21-year-old Alverto Santana-Silva of Fremont as the victim. Police believe Santana-Silva was shot after he tried to break up an argument or disturbance between two groups of strangers. … Continue reading »
Update, 6:10 p.m. Lt. Alex Yao of the University of California Police Department said Grizzly Peak Boulevard has been re-opened to traffic. The victim has been identified as an adult male who was not affiliated with UC Berkeley. The Alameda County coroner’s office said information about the victim’s identity would need to come from police. Further details were not available Sunday night.
Original post, 2:53 p.m. Police are investigating the death of one person who was reportedly shot early Sunday morning on Grizzly Peak Boulevard between Centennial Drive and South Park Drive.
Earlier Sunday, the road was closed to through traffic as police continued their investigation and, as of about 2:40 p.m. it remained closed, police said. … Continue reading »