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Grandmother latest victim of Oakland violence

December 20, 2012 8:55:28 PM PST
An innocent grandmother is the latest victim of gun violence in Oakland. Police say Mona Foreman was hit by a stray bullet intended for someone else. She was walking on International Boulevard with her sister when the shooting started.

The victim's daughter and stepdaughter are angry and frustrated. They say everyone knew and loved Mona and something like this never should have happened.

Ramona Foreman, "Mona" to her family and friends, is Oakland's latest victim of gun violence. The mother of two and grandmother of four was shot and killed only blocks from where she lived.

"Two people shooting; we don't know who they were, but we definitely know it wasn't meant for my momma," daughter Janetta Roberts said.

Oakland police agree, telling ABC7 News that Mona was caught in the crossfire of two unidentified shooters and was not their intended target. They say she was leaving a dollar store with her sister, headed home when bullets started flying. Mona was hit and died. Word quickly spread through the neighborhood and eventually to her family.

"Everybody told us it was Mona, I ran straight through the yellow tape," stepdaughter Aisha Roberts said.

Now, investigators are turning to witnesses and surveillance cameras to help them identify those responsible.

Kimblyn Bryant and her organization Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth are working to change the pattern of violence in Oakland.

"This is a big loss; it's affected a lot of people, not just her children but all of the children in the community who've come to know her," she said.

Police have made no arrests and they are asking that anyone with information contact them.


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