by Liku Zelleke
The worst news any parent could ever hear is about the death of their child. But, for Oakland mother of two, Dinyal New, the news – and grief – came twice over.
On New Year’s Eve, New’s 13-year-old son, Lee Weathersby was shot and killed on 104th Av., near Walnut St. in Oakland.
Before the initial shock had even worn off, her eldest son, 19-year-old Lamar Broussard, was also gunned down near the intersection of 100th Av. and Longfellow. Broussard was with his friend, Derrick Harris, who was also shot and killed.
Only 19 days had passed since his brother had been killed.
New said, “Hopefully the community people will come forward because how can a mother experience two losses within 19 days? Both her kids! It’s Horrible!”
“Somebody’s failing these kids. They feel like it’s OK to murder these kids. They have no remorse or understanding afterwards,” New said.
Meanwhile Tameka Rothchild, the mother of Harris and still in shock, said, “I love my son, and unfortunately people out here are heartless. They don’t have no morals. They don’t have no type of values. They don’t care about human beings.”
The Oakland police haven’t found any suspects in either of the killings thus far. That is why New is pleading for anyone in the community who has information about the killings to come forward.
She also made a second request: “What I do ask is for no retaliation at all. I want to see this in the courts. I want retaliation in the court system. Please, no retaliation.”
In 1983, Oakland was named the “crime capital” of San Francisco Bay Area. The crime rate continued to escalate and, starting from the first decade of the 21st century, Oakland has consistently been listed as one of the most dangerous large cities in the United States. Even a recent trip to the city by President Barack Obama went south after police radios went down while his motorcade was en route through the city.