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Monday, April 6, 2015

Punk Musician Fatally Shot Outside Oakland Venue

Posted By on Mon, Apr 6, 2015 at 10:18 AM

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Emilio Nevarez, 26, was fatally shot outside of an Oakland concert early Sunday morning. His three-piece punk band, The Lucky Eejits, were loading up gear when Navarez was hit by a stray bullet intended for someone else, police said.

According to police, two men got into an argument on the sidewalk near The Golden Bull, the bar that hosted the concert. One of those men left and returned to the scene with a gun and began firing at the man he had been arguing with. The gunman didn't hit that man, but a stray bullet struck Nevarez.

“The most important thing I wanted to make sure of was that when he got shot there was someone there with him. I felt somewhat a sense of relief that he wasn’t alone on the street, that he had his girlfriend there and that he wasn’t by himself," Bernadette Valadez, the victim's mother, told SF Bay.

A second innocent bystander, a 34-year-old man, was wounded in the arm, according to police.

A memorial for Nevarez is growing outside of The Golden Bull, the bar that hosted the concert Saturday night. The bar released this statement on Facebook:

"On behalf of The Golden Bull we first would like to express our deepest thoughts, prayers and condolences to the family and friends of Emiliano Nevarez. This violent act that resulted in the death of an innocent soul outside of our establishment on the morning of April 5th has us both furious and saddened. This violence has to stop!
This particular tragic loss hits home with us as the owners are all musicians, as well as many of our staff.
We consider ourselves to be a peaceful 21+ community destination, as we are frequented by local workers and neighborhood friends, as well as people from out of town. Many of which are musicians and artists.
For the most part we are very proud of the direction and growth of the block and surrounding neighborhood. As much as businesses like ours are trying to help turn things around in downtown Oakland, unfortunately there are still bad elements that remain in the neighborhood. We bow our heads in sincere mourning of this terrible loss. We ask the community to do the same. There is a memorial of photos, candles and flowers outside of our establishment. Please feel free to share your thoughts, prayers, grief and memories.
We are planning on holding a memorial and benefit to help friends, band mates and family. Also in hopes of raising the awareness and importance of a peaceful neighborhood. Please stop this violence now!!
Sincerely, The Golden Bull"

The gunman and his intended victim both fled the scene, and investigators are now asking for witnesses to come forward.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Oakland Police Department Homicide Section at 510-238-3821 or the TIP LINE at 510-238-7950.
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