An Oakland mother has no children left after gun violence claimed her two sons' lives within 19 days.
Her younger son, Lee Weathersby, 13 years old, was gunned down on New Year’s Eve. Her older son, Lamar Broussard, 19, was shot and killed Sunday.
“Somebody’s failing these kids,” Dinyal New said. “They feel like it’s OK to murder these kids. They have no remorse or understanding afterwards.”
New said no words can describe her grief. “Hopefully the community people will come forward,” she said, “because how can a mother experience two losses within 19 days? Both her kids. It’s horrible.”
Broussard was ambushed near the intersection of 100th Avenue and Longfellow. Both Broussard and his best friend Derrick Harris were shot and killed.
Harris’s mother Tameka Rothchild is in shock.
“I love my son, and unfortunately people out here are heartless,” Rothchild said. “They don’t have no morals. They don’t have no type of values. They don’t care about a human being.”
New said she is begging for someone to come forward with information about the killings.
She also had another request.
“What I do ask is for no retaliation at all,” New said. “I want to see this in the courts. I want retaliation in the court system. Please, no retaliation.”
Oakland police said they have not identified any suspects in the shooting deaths.