Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

Celebration of life planned for Martell

A celebration of the life of Brandy Martell, the transgender woman recently shot and killed in Oakland, is planned for Friday, June 1.

The event, organized by TransVision and Tri-City Health Center, will run from 8 to 10 p.m. at Oakland Peace Center, Fellowship Hall, 111 Fairmont Avenue, Oakland.

Martell, 37, (seen at left) was sitting in her car with friends around 5 a.m. Sunday, April 29 when a gunman opened fire on the car. Martell died several minutes later. The motive isn’t clear.

Officer Johnna Watson, a spokeswoman for the Oakland Police Department, said Tuesday, May 22, that there have been no arrests.

Watson also responded to a report from Tiffany Woods, who’s the coordinator for TransVision and who had worked with Martell, that witnesses had identified a suspect through a photo.

“A photo lineup was not done,” Watson said. “There was some information received that there might be a possible identification on a person involved. Investigators followed up with that lead, and that lead did not turn out to be an identification of the suspect. Investigators are still actively following up on additional leads, and they’re looking for any additional information from the community.”

People who were in the car with Martell when she was shot didn’t respond to interview requests for this story.

Watson declined to provide any details on leads investigators are pursuing.

A reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest or conviction in the case is being offered through Crimestoppers.

Law enforcement officials and Martell’s mother have said her legal name was Milton Massey Jr., though California Department of Motor Vehicle records indicate she’d changed her name to Martell.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to contact the Oakland police patrol desk at (510) 238-3455.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, May 23, 2012 @ 3:52 pm PST
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