Relatives of slain 3-year-old Carlos Fernando Nava on Wednesday criticized calls to expand a gang injunction to other parts of Oakland and implement a citywide curfew for minors in the wake of the boy's murder.
The gunman who killed Carlos was aiming at two men involved in a gang feud, police say. The men arrested in the slaying and the intended victims were all adults.
Eduardo Nava said Wednesday afternoon the restrictive measures would not solve the violence that claimed his young cousin's life. The community, Nava said, has to organize and demand the resources, education and social programs it needs to prevent more killings.
He, and another cousin, Jose Luis Nava, spoke during a gathering organized by the group Critical Resistance, vocal opponents of restricting the movements of alleged gang members through an injunction implemented already in North Oakland.
Carlos' killing prompted renewed support from Councilmen Ignacio De La Fuente and Larry Reid for the full implementation of a gang injunction in the Fruitvale District and expansion into East and West Oakland.
The killing happened in Reid's Elmhurst-East Oakland district, and De La Fuente represents the Glenview-Fruitvale districts.
"We have to do it," De La Fuente said Wednesday, adding that he supports youth programs but that alone, they are not enough to combat a rising homicide rate that is on pace to be higher than the past several years.
The two councilmen said Tuesday after the boy's funeral services that they would call for a citywide youth curfew, a measure that has been proposed at least twice in the past without success.