Friends of Oakland murder victim Brandy Martell will gather for a rally in downtown Oakland on Sunday, May 13.
Martell, a transgender woman, was shot as she sat in her car with friends at 13th and Franklin streets in Oakland on April 29. As of this week, Oakland police continue to investigate the case but no arrests have been made.
Tiffany Woods, program coordinator of the TransVision program at Tri-City Health Center in Fremont, said the rally will be held in the amphitheater at Frank Ogawa Plaza, near the intersection of 14th Street and Broadway, from 6 to 8 p.m. Woods will be among the speakers at Sunday’s rally.
Woods knew Martell, 37, who had done some volunteer peer education work for TransVision. She also helped at the Transgender Day of Remembrance event in Oakland last November.
Family and friends mourned Martell at two memorial services earlier this week.
Friends who were with Martell in the early morning hours of April 29 have said that they were approached by two men, who talked with them and then left. Apparently one of the men later returned, at around 5 a.m., and shot Martell, the friends said.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Oakland police homicide unit at (510) 238-3821 or the dispatch office, (510) 777-3333.