Three suspects have been arrested in the brutal shooting deaths of two teenage girls near Brookdale Park in East Oakland three weeks ago, police confirmed today. However, police aren’t yet releasing the names of the two men and the teenage boy who are in custody for the deaths of 15-year-old Raquel Gerstel and 16-year-old Bobbie Sartain in the 2600 block of Minna Avenue, near Brookdale, shortly before 6 a.m. Nov. 25. It’s expected that police will present the case to the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday to consider filing charges against the suspects.
The two girls were friends who grew up together in Alameda. Gerstel lived in San Leandro and was a freshman at Arroyo High School in San Lorenzo. Sartain lived on High Street in Oakland, a few blocks away from the scene of the shooting, but it’s unclear if she was attending school. The shooting deaths of the teenage girls sparked community outrage because they were each shot multiple times. Oakland police have provided few details to the news media but Jayne Nayman, who lives near the shooting scene and heard the shooting, said police told residents that they found 36 shell casings at the scene.
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