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Berkeley High Student Murdered In Drive-By Shooting By RICHARD BRENNEMAN

Tuesday January 17, 2006

A Berkeley High School student was gunned down in Oakland Saturday night as he was standing on the street with friends, police said. 

“We’re not sure of the motive,” said Oakland Police homicide Sgt. Ersi Joyner. 

The crime, a drive-by shooting, occurred at 11:54 p.m. in the 2200 block of East 15th Street, said Joyner. 

Alberto Salvador Villareal, 15, a sophomore at Berkeley High, was standing with several others when shots were fired from a passing car. He was the only person struck by the bullets. 

A spokesperson for the Alameda County Coroner’s office said Monday that the youth was a Berkeley resident. 

The murder is Oakland’s second of 2006, said the officer.