By Tara Golshan
Special to the Almanac
Oakland police say several witnesses have come forward in the investigation of the death of Aya Nakano, a 2008 graduate of Sacred Heart Preparatory in Atherton who was shot and killed June 12 in Oakland.
Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson said police are in the process of interviewing witnesses and reviewing video footage from the evening. The police department will release more specific information when deemed necessary for finding a suspect, she said.
A reward of $15,000 is being offered by Oakland police, local CrimeStoppers, and the Nakano family for information leading to an arrest in the case, Ms. Watson confirmed.
In addition, family and friends of Mr. Nakano have established an online reward fund with the goal of raising $25,000. As of Friday morning, the fund had raised $19,810. Click here to go to the award website.
Mr. Nakano was shot in North Oakland an hour before his 23rd birthday, after his car was rear-ended by a newer-model four-door siliver sedan, Ms. Watson said. He was driving west on Stanford Avenue near Market Street when he was rear-ended.
Mr. Nakano then "did the right thing" and turned left onto southbound Market Street, pulling over at a bus stop in the 5800 block of Market, near ASA Liquors, she said.
He was then confronted by two male suspects, and one of them shot him, she said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Ms. Watson said Mr. Nakano, who graduated from the University of Oregon in 2012, was driving back to his Emeryville home after playing basketball with friends at a U.C. Berkeley gym when the collision occurred at about 11 p.m.
Police don't believe that Mr. Nakano knew the suspects prior to the collision.
A celebration of his life was held June 19 on the Sacred Heart Schools campus in Atherton.