Murder Hits Island City
The Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) identified the 19-year-old man shot to death in Alameda last Saturday as Antwaun Williams of Oakland. Williams was a senior at Oakland High School. OUSD announced Williams’ passing on its Facebook page. “This is Oakland High senior Antwaun Williams, who was killed on Saturday evening in Alameda,” the district stated. “The school has come together on a day off to remember and honor him.”
“He was funny, friendly and full of life,” said his Assistant Principal Shoshanna Towers. Williams’ fellow students and friends ringed the high school’s football field during a memorial service. Williams played varsity football. His mother, Monique, spoke to them. Students and friends penned their good-byes to Williams on a memorial wall the school set up.
Posts on Facebook said that Williams had gone bowling at the AMF South Shore Lanes, 300 Park St. According to the posts, Williams may have been an innocent bystander caught up in a fight between others at the bowling alley.
The incident occurred in the bowling alley’s parking lot around 9 p.m. last Saturday, Nov. 20. Williams was transported to Highland Hospital in Oakland, where he later died, police said.
The Alameda Police Department received an assist from the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department whose deputies helped collect evidence at the scene. Police are investigating several cars seen leaving the scene after the shooting.
Including William’s murder last Saturday, Alameda has had 20 homicides in the last 15 years. The city averages 1.33 homicides a year.
Saturday evening’s murder marks the first homicide in Alameda in 2016.
The city’s last homicide happened on Dec. 3, 2015, when Alameda police say that Donna Marie Qualls murdered Emmanuel Emmet Christy. According to police, Qualls shot Christy in the heard while he was sleeping. After she shot Christy, Qualls called the police and confessed. She has been sitting in Santa Rita Jail in Dublin since the shooting. Alameda County Superior Court has scheduled a preliminary hearing in her case for Dec. 6, more than a year after the alleged murder. Qualls has entered a “not-guilty” plea.
Like 2015, there was just one homicide in the city in 2014. Jerry Canfield murdered his wife, Joann, on Oct. 26, 2014. Like Qualls, Canfield notified police that he had killed someone. Canfield told the court that he acted to end his wife’s suffering. On Oct. 30, 2015, he pled no contest to voluntary manslaughter Last January, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Gloria Rhynes sentenced Canfield to three years in prison.
Alameda’s most violent homicide year was 2009 when four people were murdered. These included a murder-suicide on Jan. 14, 2009, when James Gragg shot and killed Nancy Devlin as she slept. He then turned the gun on himself.