By Henni Espinosa, ABS-CBN North America Bureau
June 20, 2013
ATHERTON, Calif. – To his loved-ones, Aya Nakano is the life of the party, the best son and the best friend anyone could have.
“He was the funniest and most popular. He held us all together, ” said his college friend, Jeff Palmer.
So losing this Sociology graduate from the University of Oregon in such a tragic, senseless way, had not only been devastating, it had been unthinkable.
Aya was fatally shot in North Oakland before midnight on June 11, just an hour before his 23rd birthday.
Police said two male suspects had rear-ended his car. Aye then pulled over, and was reportedly confronted by the suspects. Authorities said one of them later shot him. He died at the scene.
His family and friends, who gathered to celebrate Aya’s life, disputed media reports that said there was an altercation between him and the two suspects.
“Aya is never one to instigate any fight. I’ve known that kid since he was six years old,” said Jean
Aquino, the partner of Aya’s mother.
Authorities believe that Aya did not know the suspects before the traffic collision.
Bereaved loved-ones have raised about $20,000 on www.gofund.com, hoping that a witness will come forward with information surrounding Aya’s death.
The Oakland Police and a local Crimestoppers group have also offered a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest.
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