Oakland Street Violence Claims 3 Generations 3 Years Apart

By Associated Press


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A man who urged an end to violence in Oakland after gunfire killed his son and grandson as they slept three years ago became a victim himself this week as he drove near a street memorial for his slain family.

Melvin Johnson, 39, was shot and killed Tuesday on the east side of the San Francisco Bay Area city, not far from the shrine for his 16-month-old grandson and 20-year-old son, who were fatally shot in August 2013, The East Bay Times reported Thursday.

Police have made no arrests and released no motive for Johnson’s killing. They have not said if the shooting was random or if Johnson was targeted. He died at a hospital.

“In three years and four months, three generations of one family has been lost to gun violence in the streets of Oakland,” community activist Sherri-Lyn Miller, a friend of Johnson’s, told The Associated Press. “Melvin Johnson was a giant teddy bear, and the loss has not only devastated the Johnson family, but all that knew him.”

Johnson had moved his son, Andrew “Drew” Thomas, and grandson, Drew Leon Deon Jackson, to the central California city of Fresno to get them away from Oakland’s street violence, …read more

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