Berkeley Woman Slain in Oakland

Tuesday July 24, 2007

A 21-year-old Berkeley woman was fatally shot to death Saturday as she rode in a car heading north on Martin Luther King Jr. Way in North Oakland. 

Shots fired from a passing car injured the driver of the Buick in which Kikhiesha Brooks was riding, and the vehicle slammed into a streetlight standard. 

Two men then jumped out of a car and fired repeatedly into the wrecked vehicle before speeding off, said Oakland Police. 

Brooks died minutes later at Highland Hospital, while a man in the car sustained lesser injuries. 

Lalane Coaxum, the slain woman’s sister, told the San Francisco Chronicle that Brooks had been headed to her home to pick up food for a family reunion in Jack London Square. 

A Berkeley High School graduate, Brooks was the mother of a 2-year-old daughter. 

A representative of the Alameda County Coroner’s office declined to comment on the death, stating that all information on homicides could be released only by the investigating agency. 


Bay City News contributed to this report.