Friends and community members are set to celebrate the life of Brandy Martell today (Friday, June 1).
Martell (seen at left), a 37-year-old transgender woman, 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.
The celebration of Martell’s life is from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Oakland Peace Center, Fellowship Hall, 111 Fairmount Avenue (at 29th Street) in Oakland. People will be welcome to speak and share stories about Martell from 8:30-9:00. Food, beverages, and music will be provided.
The event “is open to all who would like to come and celebrate the gift of a friend, colleague, co-worker and valued community member, Brandy Martell,” a Facebook post by organizers TransVision and Tri-City Health Center says.
Martell, who lived in Hayward, was once a volunteer for the Fremont-based TransVision program.
Asked in an email Friday for updates on the case, including information on arrests or identification of suspects, Officer Johnna Watson, a spokeswoman for the Oakland Police Department, responded, “At this time we are unable to release any additional information. No arrests have been made.”
A reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest or conviction in Martell’s killing is being offered through Crimestoppers.
Anyone with information in the case is asked to contact the Oakland police patrol desk at (510) 238-3455.