Oaklander headed to Sacramento victims’ vigil

Ora Knowell — a West Oakland grandmother whose sons, Chris and Daniel, were killed on the city’s streets in earlier years — hopes relatives of all 148 Oakland homicide victims of 2006 will join her this Monday, April 23, on a trip to Sacramento for the 18th Annual Victims March On The California State Capitol, sponsored by the California Correctional Peace Officers Association.

Knowell’s “Homicide Victims Quilts,” from her West Oakland Lower Bottom Fatherless Children Foundation, will be displayed on the west Capitol lawn during the event; her contingent will leave at 8 a.m. Monday from Mandela Parkway and West Grand Avenue, and free lunch tickets will be provided.

“We as victims want a safe community for our families, not a war zone,” she said in an e-mail.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.