In August, the daylight assassination of Chauncey Bailey on 14th Street in Oakland called the world’s attention to Oakland’s losing battle with violent crime. It’s no surprise that the subject is on the mind of almost every Oaklander I’ve recently spoken with.

Fasil Lemma and Solomon Kidene, employees of DeLauer’s Super News Stand on Broadway in Oakland, say they have to call the police every single day because of fights on the sidewalk outside their store.

Oakland musician, Tacuma King says he has known over 100 people who’ve died because of gun violence, including his son who was shot in Berkeley nine years ago.

Donald Lacy founded the LoveLife foundation in memory of his daughter who was killed in Oakland ten years ago.

Achebe Hoskins of The Mentoring Center says the violent streets of Oakland present the biggest threat to the young men and women he mentors.

In a city of 400,000 people, this issue touches almost everyone. I’m sure that’s why there’s such a proliferation of online crime maps of Oakland. Crimespotting gives you the most up-to-date information of the lot. If you’re interested in going deeper into the stories of violent crime in Oakland, both the Tribune and the Chronicle have done excellent multimedia treatments of the effects of this violence.

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