Slain Alameda Boy Mourned; Family Seeks Support

Alameda resident Gabriel Martinez Jr., 5, who was shot outside his family’s taco truck last week in Oakland (where the above photo was taken) will be remembered at a gathering today, a service tomorrow and at a dedication at Otis Elementary School.

His family is holding a viewing of Gabriel’s body at Coopers Mortuary, 1580 Fruitvale Ave., Oakland, through 3 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 5. His funeral is set for 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 6, at St. Elizabeth Church, 1500 34th Ave., Oakland.

Gabriel, who attended Otis as a kindergartner, was with his family when he was shot at 8:40 p.m. on Dec. 30.

Teachers and staff at Otis told the Alameda Journal that they are planning to create a makeshift memorial for Gabriel that his fellow students can visit soon.

In addition, the child’s family has opened a bank account to collect money for his funeral. The account number is 7862672578, and donations can be made at any Wells Fargo branch.

Donations can also be dropped off at Otis school, 3010 Fillmore St.

Anyone with information about Gabriel’s shooting should call the Oakland police tip line at 510-773-2805.

Janet Levaux