Oakland Mother Dinyal New Loses Both Her Sons, Ages 13 & 19, to Gun Violence in 19 Days
A California woman is now childless after both of her teenage sons were shot to death on the streets of Oakland within the past 19 days.
NBC Bay Area reports Dinyal New is grieving the loss of her two sons, 19-year-old Lamar Broussard and 13-year-old Lee Weathersby III.
Weathersby was shot at around 9:30 pm on New Year’s Eve while walking home from a party at the Oakland Boys and Girls Club on International Boulevard, CBS San Francisco reported. He died in a local hospital on New Year’s Day. Oakland police have not identified a motive or a suspect in the fatal shooting.
Nineteen days later, Broussard and a companion were killed when a vehicle they were riding in was struck by a hail of bullets at around 2:15 pm near the intersection of 100th Avenue and Longfellow Avenue. Although Oakland police said a suspect was seen fleeing the scene of the deadly shooting, no suspects are currently in custody.
“Hopefully, the community people will come forward” to help identify the killers, New told NBC Bar Area. “Because how can a mother experience two losses within 19 days? Both her kids. It’s horrible.” New added that “somebody’s failing these kids.”
“They feel like it’s OK to murder these kids. They have no remorse or understanding afterwards,” the grieving mother said.
New called for calm and justice in the wake of the killings.
“What I do ask is for no retaliation at all,” she told NBC Bay Area. “I want to see this in the courts. I want retaliation in the court system. Please, no retaliation.”
The loss of both her boys has New questioning her faith in God.
“I’m still numb about Lee, so I don’t know if my heart has enough room to handle Lamar’s death,” she told the San Francisco Chronicle. “This is like a dream right now. I know there’s a God, but I’m like, ‘Why would he give a mother so much pain to handle within 19 days?’ This is really hard on me.”
Last year, there were 92 homicides in Oakland, a city of 401,000 inhabitants. That was a drop of 30 percent from 2012, when there were 131 murders in the city. It was the biggest decline in homicides in Oakland since 2004, according to the San Jose Mercury News.