14-year-old shot to death in Oakland

August 22, 2009 5:16:09 PM PDT
Oakland's 68th homicide victim of the year was a 14-year-old boy who was simply walking home with some friends.

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Homicide detectives were busy working the cast Saturday but they said very little about it, making it difficult for the family to understand during a time when nothing makes sense.

Fabiana Alvarez cannot stop looking at pictures of her son. She cannot put them down because her only child, Ricardo or Alex as she called him, is gone, shot to death Friday night at 8:45 as he walked home with two friends.

"He's been shot five times by maybe another 15-year-old kid. How can you tell me that? All of a sudden, it's like a click, that's it," family friend Salvador Nieves told ABC7.

Oakland police will not confirm if anyone has been arrested, but the victim's family says a 15-year-old boy from the neighborhood walked up to Alex, singled him out and killed him.

"He wasn't a trouble maker at all. All he wanted to do was draw and be a DJ like his dad and do art," said Alex's cousin Diego Cortes.

Alex was proud of his portfolio and of his decisions. His mother says he only wore white, label-less shirts on purpose. He did not want to be affiliated with East Oakland gangs, so he avoided colors all together.

"No quiero. Nada," his mother said.

Alvarez says her son always told her, "I don't want any trouble. I love you very much and I know you work hard for me."

"I worked for him. Everything was for him, nothing else, just for him," she told ABC7.

"There's no way you can avoid it. They find a way to do things and harm you and that's exactly what they did. They didn't harm him. They just killed him for no reason what so ever," Nieves said.

Through their tears there is anger at the lack of answers, anger toward the person responsible for this, and anger that they as a family tried so hard to avoid something like this.

Detectives say there is no clear motive in this case. There is a $10,000 reward available for information.

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