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OAKLAND — In the wake of the killing of four police officers by a lone gunman Saturday, the Oakland Police Officers Association has set up three trust accounts thus far for the families of the fallen officers, and officials are planning a Friday public memorial service that is expected to draw at least 10,000 people to Oracle Arena.

Sgt. Mark Dunakin, 40, of Tracy; Erv Romans, 43, of Danville; and Dan Sakai, 35, of Castro Valley, died Saturday after being shot in two related events by Lovelle Mixon, a 26-year-old parolee, who police had pulled over on a routine traffic stop. Police later killed Mixon.

Motorcycle Officer John Hege, 41, of Concord, died Monday at Highland Hospital. Sgt. Pat Gonzales was grazed in his SWAT helmet, and a bullet entered and exited his shoulder. He was treated and released Saturday.

 

Romans and Dunakin were both married and both had three children; Sakai had one child.

Anyone who would like to make a contribution to trust funds set up for the families may do so by two methods — by wire transfer or by check.

Wire transfers may be made directly to the following Merrill Lynch accounts: the Dunakin Children’s Family Trust, account No. 204-04065; the Romans Children’s Family Trust, account No. 204-04066; and the Sakai Family Trust, account No. 204-04064. No fund had been set up as of Monday afternoon on behalf of Hege, who had no children.

Individual checks also may be made out to the families and mailed to the Oakland Police Officer’s Association, attn.: Rennee Hassna, 555 Fifth St., Oakland, CA 94607. Make checks payable to the Dunakin Children’s Family Trust; the Romans Children’s Family Trust; or the Sakai Family Trust.

 

A public memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at the Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way in Oakland. Organizers are asking attendees to arrive early. The Rev. Jayson Landeza, Police Department chaplain, will lead and conduct the service.

There will be a vigil at 6 p.m. tonight at the site of the shootings at 74th Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard. Mayor Ron Dellums and the Oakland City Council are asking everyone to come together to support the families of the officers who were shot as well as their fellow officers, who are grieving.

“It’s just a horrible day for the city and the families of the officers that lost their lives in the line of duty,” said City Councilmember Larry Reid, head of the council’s public safety committee. “It’s just a very rough time.”

The City Council public safety committee meeting scheduled for 5:30 tonight at City Hall has been canceled because of the evening vigil. Dozens of people signed four guestbooks for the officers at Oakland City Hall on Monday morning. The books will be given to their families.

Meanwhile at the Police Department, the memorial of flowers, cards and letters to the slain officers’ families continued to grow Monday afternoon.

The police officers association has been receiving food from the public and also buying food to feed officers who are working extended shifts for funeral-related activities. The food is being cooked for them by Oakland firefighters at the association offices near Jack London Square.

The Oakland public library has set up collection centers at its’ branch libraries for cards and letters of condolence.

The Deputy Sheriffs’ Association of Alameda County has established a memorial fund for the fallen officers. Contributions may be mailed to San Francisco Police Credit Union, attn.: OPD Memorial Fund, 6689 Owens Drive, Suite 125, Pleasanton, CA 94588. Make checks payable to OPD Memorial Fund.

There also is a Facebook site set up called Oakland Police Department Fallen Officers 3/21/09. More than 2,900 people have joined the cause at apps.facebook.com/causes/253615/28989168?m=1de5fdfc.

Staff writer Kelly Rayburn contributed to this story.

 

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I’m sure you all have read about the horrific tragedy that took place in Oakland, California this past weekend.

Tonight I’ll give my Comments on the Subject, since I LIVE in Oakland, California.