A man with a long criminal record has been charged with murder for the shooting death of 18-year-old Alquino Rivera in East Oakland last Saturday. Kendell Eatmon, 33, was identified by witnesses as the man who shot and killed Rivera shortly after 11 a.m. Saturday in the 800 block of Ney Avenue, according to a probable cause statement written by Oakland police Officer Randolph Brandwood. Eatmon, who lives in Hayward, was arrested in the 7600 block of MacArthur Boulevard at about 6 p.m. Saturday, according to Brandwood. Police announced the arrest on Wednesday. In addition to murder, prosecutors have charged Eatmon with discharging a firearm and causing Rivera’s death — an enhancement clause that could add 25 years to his state prison term if he is convicted of murder. He is also charged with being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm. According to the criminal complaint filed against Eatmon by the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, Eatmon has six prior felony convictions between 1998 and 2010: three for sales of narcotics, and one each for possession of drugs, felony evading police and receiving stolen property. Those prior convictions could also add to his prison term if he is convicted.
Rivera was a cousin of 20-year-old Andrew Thomas, who was shot along with his 1-year-old son Drew in the 400 block of Ghormley Avenue at about 2:45 a.m. Wednesday, according to his aunt, Konya Baylis. That shooting occurred in her home. Baylis said Rivera was attending a private school in Oakland and was planning to graduate in December. She said Rivera and Thomas were close and that Thomas, who grew up in Oakland but had been living in Fresno in recent years, was staying at her home in order to attend Rivera’s funeral. Eatmon has already been arraigned and is scheduled to return to Alameda County Superior Court on Aug. 26 to enter a plea.
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