BERKELEY -- A Berkeley man was shot and killed Wednesday night -- less than a week after the men who murdered his brother four years ago were sentenced to life in prison, his family said Thursday.
Berkeley High School graduate Jermaine Davis, 26, was found shot in the 1800 block of Derby Street at 6:52 p.m. Wednesday, then later died at a hospital. His older brother, Charles "CJ" Davis, was shot and killed in May 2009 -- a killing that prosecutors said may have taken place when gang members seeking to kill Jermaine targeted his brother instead.
"His mom is a mess," relative Diane Carroll said. "She doesn't understand why she has to lose both her sons. How do you bury another son when you're still grieving the first child?"
Authorities have not yet identified Jermaine Davis as the victim in the city's second homicide of 2013, but the family did so Thursday. No one has been arrested, and police have not released suspect information.
Family members said Davis was a dedicated father to his toddler daughter and took care of his grandmother. They said they do not think the brothers' killings are related.
"He loved his family," Carroll said. "He had this amazing laugh."
The 2009 killing of CJ Davis, who was 25 at the time, attracted national attention for its bloody aftermath. After shooting Davis at 10th Street and Allston Way in West Berkeley, the suspects fled police in a high-speed chase that spilled onto the streets of North Oakland. The driver of the getaway car, a tan Cadillac, ran a stop sign, hitting a car driven by 27-year-old Todd Perea, of Brentwood. Also struck was pedestrian Floyd Ross, 41, of Berkeley. Perea and Ross both died.
Stephon Anthony, of San Leandro, who was the getaway driver, and Anthony Price, of Oakland, were arrested at the crash scene. Samuel Flowers, of Oakland, was arrested in Florida a few weeks later. Rafael Campbell, of Oakland, was arrested about six months later with the help of "America's Most Wanted."
On July 12, all four were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. In April, a jury found them guilty of murder.
Authorities said the men were members of a North Oakland gang who killed Davis while trying to retaliate against his brother. Attorneys for the men gave separate defenses for them at trial, but all denied they were gang members.
Detectives are canvassing the area and interviewing witnesses in Wednesday's killing, according to a police department news release. Officials ask anyone with information on the fatal shooting to call Berkeley police's homicide detail at 510-981-5741.
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