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*Oakland Vigil To Be Held Tuesday In Honor Of Slain Officers

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Mar 22, 2009 – BCN61:OAKLAND: UPDATE: VIGIL TO BE HELD TUESDAY IN HONOR OF
SLAIN OFFICERS

The Oakland City Council and Mayor Ron Dellums will hold a vigil Tuesday night in honor of the Oakland police officers shot to death Saturday afternoon by a suspect who was also fatally wounded.Sgt. Mark Dunakin, 40, Sgt. Ervin Romans, 43, and Sgt. Daniel Sakai, 35, died Saturday in two separate but related shootings.Officer John Hege, 41, was declared brain dead this morning but remained on life support early this afternoon, according to Oakland police spokesman Jeff Thomason.The first shooting happened during a routine traffic stop Dunakin and Hege conducted at about 1:08 p.m. Saturday in the 7400 block of MacArthur Boulevard.The suspect, 26-year-old Lovelle Mixon, shot the officers and then fled to a nearby apartment complex. Police called in a SWAT team and attempted to enter the apartment after several attempts to communicate with Mixon.Upon the SWAT team’s entry, Mixon fired on police with an assault weapon, killing Romans and Sakai. Mixon was also killed by officers’ return fire.A fifth officer, who has not been identified, was treated for a gunshot wound and released from the hospital Saturday.Saturday was the first time three Oakland police officers have been killed in the line of duty in the same day, according to Thomason.The vigil Tuesday will be held at 6 p.m. at 74th Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard where the first shooting took place, City Council President Jane Brunner said.In addition, a condolence book will be available in the main lobby at City Hall from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday for members of the community to write their thoughts and pay their respects, according to Brunner.

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  • Sakai,
    I am going to miss that wonderful smile.The tears have not stopped since I heard the news.I remember the first time I met you while working at the jail with Jen.Your magical wedding and the arrival of JoJo.When the the jail closed you and Jen were so supportive and now this.When word reached Toronto there was shock from my Correctional ofc co workers but I am proud to be able to tell them that I know you and the other Ofc all of which were class acts. I am going to miss you so very much. Jen,I love you and I will be there soon.
    Kathy Ceballo,Former Correctional Ofc.OPD Toronto,Ontario,Canada

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