A story about a memorial fund for the families of two men killed July 1 at the Wingstop restaurant in the Grand Lake neighborhood incorrectly reported where to make donations. Donations can be made at the local branch of Chase Bank or through PayPal under the Wingstop Oakland Memorial Fund. For more information, contact Pamela Drake of the Lakeshore Business Improvement District, at 510-593-3721 or Pamela@LakeshoreOakland.com.
OAKLAND -- A memorial fund to help two families who lost their sons in a double killing July 1 has been set up and a memorial service will be held Monday for them.
Jose Santa Maria, 26, and Kenneth Bradley, 22, both of Richmond, died from gunfire at the Wingstop at 528 Lake Park Ave. in the Grand Lake neighborhood.
Pamela Drake, director of the Lakeshore Business Improvement District, said the Wingstop restaurant owners were close to the young men, and thought of them as family. The owners of the eatery were unavailable for comment at press time.
"They are heartbroken," Drake said.
Donations can be made for the families of the two men at the local branch of Chase Bank or through Paypal under the Wingstop Oakland Memorial Fund. For more information, conact Drake at 510-593-3721 or email her at Pamela@LakeshoreOakland.com.
The memorial service has been set at 6 p.m. Monday at the Lakeshore Baptist Church, 3534 Lakeshore Ave., Drake said.
A 21-year-old security guard has been charged with two counts of murder for the shootings, authorities said. Oaklander Jamaine Gurley, who admitted his involvement in the deaths, and another man, whom police have not yet identified, went to the restaurant about 11:40 p.m. July 1 after finishing their security guard shifts at a downtown construction site July 1. After a quick conversation with another customer, they became concerned for their safety, according to authorities.
That customer left but Gurley and the man with him, possibly thinking he might return armed, hid in a walk-in freezer at the back of the restaurant, police said.
When the two employees came to get them to leave, Gurley, shot them with a pistol, killing them instantly.
Authorities said Gurley apparently didn't know the employees were not connected to the man with whom they had exchanged words.
Gurley and the man with him fled on foot. Gurley was arrested at his West Oakland home.
The homicides sparked two community meetings with police officers on July 3 at Lakeshore Baptist Church. Merchants and residents said they want increased police presence in the area. Oakland police captains Anthony Toribio and Rick Orozco, from areas 2 and 3, listed tools that can prevent crime and assist with arrests when they occur, including motion detector lights, video cameras and, even if the response is delayed, to continue to report crimes to police as the occur.
Councilmember Pat Kernighan, who lives in the area and who represents District 2, also participated in the question and answer session. The restaurant remains closed until further notice.
Staff writers Kristin J. Bender, Harry Harris and Brittny Mejia contributed to this story.