Alamedans Mourn Death of Teen

According to the Alameda Journal/Bay Area News Group, the 13-year-old boy who died yesterday after a collision between his bike and an SUV was Lincoln Middle School student Brandon Sorensen.

The accident that took his life took place at Santa Clara Avenue and Everett Street.

“He was just a wonderful kid,” said Babs Freitas, assistant principal at the school, told the Alameda Journal. “He had a light that would light up a room.”

It was not immediately available whether Sorensen was wearing a helmet, and Alameda police are asking anyone who witnessed the accident or has other information to call 510-337-8424.

A guestbook for Sorenson can be viewed and signed online.


Alameda Teen Bike Rider Dies After Collision


A teenager died after being struck by a car near the intersection of Santa Clara Avenue and Everett Street this afternoon, Monday, May 16.

A police officer at the scene said that it was not clear — during the rainy afternoon — what had caused the accident.

The boy, however, was supposedly not wearing a helmet.

“It is horrible. We hope that bike riders always wear their helmets and look both ways before crossing an intersection,” said the member of the Alameda Police Department, who wished to go unnamed.

Members of the community discussed the incident in the early evening at the nearby Kamakura Restaurant — many expressing disbelief as they read the story on the Alameda Patch website through their mobile phones about the loss of the 13-year-old.

The area around the intersection was closed to traffic for roughly two hours, neighbors said, but reopened before 7 p.m.


Alameda Teen’s Killer Given Life Sentence

A jury found Oakland resident Quochy “Tony” Tranman guilty today of murdering 15-year-old Alamedan Ichinkhorloo “Iko” Bayarsaikhan at Washington Park on Halloween three years ago, reports Peter Hegarty of the Alameda Journal.

Tran, now 19 but 16 at the time of the crime, could face life in prison when a judge sentences him August 20. He was tried as an adult.

His attorney Anne Beles said there would be an appeal, since  “He was 16 at the time. He should never have been prosecuted from the very beginning,” she said.

Five other boys were convicted in juvenile court for their roles in the slaying at the park on Central Avenue on October 31, 2007.

After a botched robbery, Tran grabbed a gun and fired a single shot, hitting Bayarsaikhan in the back.

“This was a crime that tore the heart out of a community,” prosecutor Tim Wellman said Monday.

A native of Mongolia, Bayarsaikhan came with her brother and parents to Alameda six years ago. She was a junior at Alameda High School at the time of her death.

“My heart was shaking,” said Uranchimeg Khishigdorji, the victim’s mother, about the moments before the verdict was read. “If Tony was found not guilty, for the rest of my life I would be suffering.”

Certainly, she would not have been alone in her suffering, as the death of the Alameda High student pained Island residents for the past few years.

Many will anxiously await the sentencing some six or seven weeks from now.