Friends and teachers from Berkeley’s Pacific School of Religion — where Mata’afa was studying to be a minister — joined his tight-knit Samoan family and community to honor his life Thursday evening in San Lorenzo.
As of Nov. 30, three people had been killed and 15 wounded in shootings in Berkeley this year. There have been at least 41 confirmed gunfire incidents.
The shooting happened at a 17-year-old’s birthday party in North Oakland in a home a parent had rented on Airbnb.
Angel, 15, and his brother, Jazy, 17, were both students at Berkeley High. Two others at the party were taken to the hospital but are in stable condition.
There were some reports that the would-be robber also was shot and was seen limping away from the area.
There have been 32 shootings in Berkeley this year, leaving two people dead and 10 wounded. That’s in stark contrast to last year at this time.
Suspects were seen leaving the area by car. No arrests have been made, but the investigation is ongoing.
Police remain at the scene investigating.
A woman told police she was sitting in her car waiting for her daughter when a bullet came through her window.
More people have been wounded or killed by gunfire in Berkeley this year than in all of 2021.
A review by the city’s Police Accountability Board can’t proceed until the man’s criminal case has concluded. A lawsuit against the city remains on hold for the same reason.
A BHS student who amassed parts to build explosives and assault rifles got them legally, police say, and was not ready to carry out an attack.