OAKLAND -- Friends and family of 5-year-old Gabriel Martinez Jr., who was shot outside his family's taco truck last week, are gathering at a funeral home in Oakland today to mourn and offer comfort to one another.
The viewing at Coopers Mortuary, 1580 Fruitvale Ave., is scheduled to continue through 3 p.m.
Gabriel's funeral is set for 11 a.m. Friday at St. Elizabeth Church, 1500 34th Ave., in Oakland
Gabriel was with his family when he was shot at 8:40 p.m. Dec. 30 near the taco truck, in the 5400 block of International Boulevard. He was taken to Children's Hospital, where he later died.
So far no arrests have been made in connection with the slaying.
Gabriel lived with his family in Alameda, where he was a kindergartner at Otis Elementary School.
Teachers and staff at the school are planning to create a makeshift memorial for Gabriel that his fellow students can visit today or tomorrow.
Gabriel's family has also set up a bank account at Wells Fargo to collect money for his funeral. The account number is 7862672578, and donations can be made at any Wells Fargo branch.
Donations can also be dropped off at Otis school, 3010 Fillmore St. in Alameda.
Gabriel was the third child killed in Oakland last year. Carlos Nava, 3, was killed by a stray bullet in a drive-by shooting Aug. 8 at 64th Avenue and International Boulevard. Two men were arrested in the case.
On Dec. 9, 23-month-old Hiram Lawrence Jr. was removed from life support 11 days after he and six others were shot at 7th and Willow streets. in West Oakland. No arrests have been made.
Oakland Police Department and Crime Stoppers are offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects.
Anyone with information about Gabriel's shooting should call the police tip line at 510-773-2805.