It has become common in Western societies for senseless acts of violence to be committed. In the United States, such acts happen on a seemingly day basis. We are constantly hearing of new methods and circumstances– nothing
should come as a surprise.One such new case was the shooting of Perla Avina, a 30-year-old woman on Sunday, October 26, 2014 in East Oakland, California. In the passenger seat of her black 1998 Toyota Camry, with her husband, Luis Lopez Gallegos, Avina was shot in the face. They were mere blocks from their house; Avina and Gallegos were coming back from the market. The couple had gotten ingredients to prepare posole, a treat their family would gorge on during the Raiders football game that day.The shooting ended up killing Avina mere minutes later, as she died in the couple’s driveway while Gallegos called for help. She left behind not only Gallegos, but four children: a 14 year-old-son, and a daughters who were 1, 4, and 8.A neighbor, Dwayne Jackson, 54, attempted to perform CPR on Avina, but it didn’t help. Jackson commented, “I pretty much knew she was gone.”
Family are mourning the loss of Perla Avina, a wife and mother of four, with candles surrounding her photo in her home in East Oakland, Calif. on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 after she was shot and killed in an apparent case of road rage while driving to the store with her husband on Sunday afternoon. (Laura A. Oda/Bay Area News Group) ( Laura A. Oda )
Gallegos, obviously furious and shocked, said, “He was a coward with a gun. A young guy with a gun who doesn’t care about life.”
Avina’s mother sent out a plea: “If they know the person who did this, please turn him in. Turn him into the police, please, please, help us.”
The shooting occurred at about 12:30 p.m. A $30,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the shooter.
Avina was employed as a medical clerk at a pain rehabilitation center in Emeryville, California. Gallenos is employed as an automobile mechanic. Gallenos and Avina met in high school, despite going to different schools.
Police are seeking witnesses to the shooting, and are offering a reward of up to $30,000 for information leading to an arrest in the case, reports CBS SF Bay Area.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the Oakland Police Homicide Unit at (510) 238-3821.