OAKLAND — Police today joined friends and relatives of a 22-year-old recent college graduate who was shot and killed in North Oakland last June to share new information about a suspect vehicle in the case.
At a morning news conference held in the 5800 block of Market Street near the spot where Aya Nakano was gunned down, Oakland police released a surveillance photo of a silver four-door car they believe was driven by the suspects.
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The shooting happened around 11 p.m. on June 12 as Nakano was driving back to his Emeryville home after playing basketball at the University of California at Berkeley campus, according to police.
Nakano was driving west on Stanford Avenue near Market Street when another car rear-ended him. He pulled over nearby on Market Street where two male suspects from car involved in the fender-bender confronted him and one shot and killed him, according to police.
Nakano had recently graduated from the University of Oregon and was working at a logistics firm at the time of his death.
Nakano’s mother, Maria Climaco, announced that the reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of her son’s killers has been increased to $100,000.
Climaco said she is hopeful that the higher reward amount will prompt someone to come forward with information on the case. The reward money came from fundraisers, donations from friends and family, the city of Emeryville, which contributed $10,000, and an anonymous donor who also gave $10,000.
Nakano’s mother said friends and family have also raised tens of thousands of dollars to put Nakano’s photo and a request for information about his killers on benches, billboards and AC Transit buses throughout Oakland.
Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson said police hope the publicity about the killing will jog someone’s memory or alert someone who may know the suspects or see the suspect vehicle.
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