Family watches court proceedings of Oakland teen

February 1, 2012 7:18:10 PM PST
The 15-year-old Oakland teen charged with murdering his parents came to court on Wednesday as grieving members of his mother's family watched the proceedings in disbelief, not understanding how this could have happened.

"They impacted people around them every day with simple, unconditional love. It is what led them to their jobs. It is what led them to adopt a child no one else wanted," said David Poff, the murder victim's brother.

That child, Moses Kamin -- now 15 years old -- was arraigned in court for the murder of his parents Susan Poff and Robert Kaimin.

"Once he did kill them, he did put the bodies in the vehicle and then he did try to set the vehicle on fire," said Oakland Police spokesperson Johnna Watson.

Poff's family watched the proceedings. Kamin, who was formally charged with the murders yesterday, will be represented by the public defender's office.

On Friday night, police arrested the 15-year-old boy at home after they found the bodies of his parents in the family car. Kamin was a psychologist at the Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinic. Poff worked at the San Francisco Housing and Urban Health Clinic. Her family members arrived here from Los Angeles to prepare for the funeral. They were trying to grasp what happened.

"We can be ordinary and look for someone or something to blame or we can be extraordinary and try just a little harder to love unconditionally," said David.

Police said Kamin was a troubled boy who had problems first at Edna Brewer Middle School. Then at the Envision Charter school where he was suspended twice. The last time a week ago Wednesday.

He ran away from home in November and stayed for a brief time in the Occupy encampment in Oakland.

The young murder defendant will be back in court in two weeks. At that time, he'll enter a plea.