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Sacred Heart Grad Murdered in Oakland

Original post made by Hmmm, another community, on Jun 13, 2013

"A 22-year-old man from Emeryville was shot and killed in North Oakland on his way home from a basketball game late Wednesday after a confrontation with two men who had rear-ended his car, police said.

Aya Nakano, who would have turned 23 on Thursday, had left a pick-up basketball game at UC Berkeley and was driving a silver Jeep Cherokee south on Market Street near Stanford Avenue when he was rear-ended shortly before 11 p.m., police said."

He was a graduate of Sacred Heart in 2008. Heartbreaking and terrifying.

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Posted by Common Sense
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on Jun 14, 2013 at 4:44 pm

I feel bad for this person's family, but I feel compelled to make the following statement: it is dangerous to get out of your car alone late at night, particularly in urban areas. If you are rear-ended, pull over IF it seems safe and call the police. I am a lifelong resident of Oakland and I have never been robbed or shot. Why? Because I have the good sense to know not to wander the streets after dark, avoid certain areas, and if a situation looks questionable take my exit. I would advise anyone reading this, man or woman, not to stop for a car with two guys in it at night for any reason.


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Posted by Hmmm
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on Jun 14, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Common Sense - I wondered the same thing re the safety of getting out of the car at night in Oaktown for such an incident. OTOH, you can get into big trouble for leaving & what if they follow you? What if you're at fault in a minor accident there, don't pull over because of fear & get into major trouble over that? I'm not playing devil's advocate - I am asking because it just all seems so terribly dicey, espec at night.

What a horrifying death for a nice young man. I can only imagine what his family is going through.

Once I was in a dicey area of Richmond (yes, the restaurant was that good) & in the middle of the day, a customer discovered his car was stolen. My boyfriend & I had a quick come to Jesus talk w/him about how to behave, because he was making a public spectacle of himself & a suspicious small crowd had gathered. Luckily, he calmed down & stayed inside to conduct the majority of the police business. One just never knows...