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3 years after killing, Berkeley family still seeking justice

Tiffieny Dean and Toby Eagle. Photo: Courtesy of Tiffieny Dean
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Every year on the anniversary of her fiancé’s killing, Tiffieny Dean makes a pilgrimage to the Berkeley Police Department to remind investigators that, three years later, the case remains open.

“I make it a point to go down there,” she said. “I want them to know he did have people that loved him and cared about him. Every anniversary, I get up and I go down there so they won’t forget him.”

, “Toby” for short, was killed March 8, 2011. The 30-year-old Berkeley native was shot to death in his backyard in the 1600 block of Blake Street. Police have not yet arrested anyone in the case. Dean said the lack of closure has made it difficult to move forward.

At the time of his death, the couple had been together for 11 years. They have a son together, Julian, who’s now 10 years old and a fifth-grader at Cragmont Elementary School.

“Still, to this day, sometimes I think he’s going to walk through the door,” she said, of Eagle. “You wish or hope he would walk through the door. When they say time heals, I don’t think it does, because you’re stuck with the memories and know you’re never going to see or hear him again.” … Continue reading »

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Family wonders why Berkeley man was slain

Eagle, Dean, and their son Julian. Photo: Dean family
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When Toby Pemadorji Eagle, who was gunned down Tuesday in his backyard on Blake Street, was just an infant, a Native American visited him and gave him six eagle feathers. His mother, Ann Strong, thought the gift was an omen, so she changed her son’s last name to Eagle.

It turned out to be an apt moniker because Eagle loved the outdoors. From the time he joined the Junior Rangers at 9, Eagle spent as much time as he could outside, hiking in Tilden Park, swimming, and, later, teaching his two sons to skip rocks in the ocean or taking them to build things at Adventure Playground at the Berkeley Marina.

“He was such an amazing person,” said his high school girlfriend and mother of his son, Tobias, 10, who asked to be referred to only as Stacey since the killer is still at large. “He loved the outdoors. He loved swimming. For several years he was a lifeguard at Willard Pool. He loved to go on hikes. He loved building things.” … Continue reading »

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Murder victim identified, reward offered for killer

The home at 1634 Blake Street where Tobias Eagle xxx lost his life.
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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 … Continue reading »

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Murder on Blake Street in Berkeley

Police detectives and County Coroner staff outside 1634 Blake Street at around 4:45pm.
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Berkeley police are reporting that a man was murdered at 1634 Blake St. between McGee Avenue and California Street around 1 p.m. today.

Police received a report of a loud noise and responded to find a “deceased male in the back yard of a home,” according to Lt. Andrew Greenwood of the Berkeley Police Department. The victim had been shot to death.

Police are not identifying the man at this time and there is no information about a possible … Continue reading »

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