Funeral Held For 3-Year-Old Oakland Shooting Victim

OAKLAND (CBS SF) – A private funeral was held Tuesday morning for 3-year-old Carlos Nava at an East Oakland church near where the toddler was killed in a drive-by shooting last week.

Carlos was with family members when he was shot in the 6400 block of International Boulevard about 1:10 p.m. on Aug. 8.

Oakland police said they believe the shooting was gang-related and that two men nearby who were wounded in the shooting were the intended targets.

KCBS’ Dave Padilla:

On his way into the funeral service Tuesday morning at St. Bernard’s Church on 62nd Avenue, Oakland City Councilman Ignacio De La Fuente said Carlos’ death means city leaders need to alter their approach.

“It’s time to do more than just talk about crime and start taking action,” De La Fuente said.

He said the city should consider taking steps including imposing curfews on young people and seeking more injunctions against gangs. Two such injunctions are already in place.

De La Fuente said Oakland has had nearly 75 homicides this year, a number that he said is “unacceptable.”

Two people have been arrested in connection with the shooting. Police said they believe the shooter was 26-year-old Lawrence Denard, of Oakland, who was arrested in Pittsburg on Aug. 9.

Denard was arraigned on Thursday on one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. He is scheduled to return to court Aug. 29 to enter a plea.

Denard has prior convictions for grand theft and possession of a firearm by a felon.

A second man, 22-year-old Oakland resident Willie Torrence, was taken into custody late Friday night in Las Vegas. Police believe he was the driver.

Torrence was charged Tuesday with one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder. He was on parole for violating his probation for his previous conviction on illegal gun charges.

He is expected to be extradited to Alameda County later this week to be arraigned.

According to a probable cause statement filed in court by detectives, one of the men who was shot provided Torrence’s name when he was questioned at the hospital where he is being treated.

Investigators also located an additional witness who identified the shooter as Denard.

Jordan said he does not know if the car that Torrence was using in Las Vegas is the same car that was used in the shooting last week.

According to a probable cause statement filed in Alameda County Superior Court, Torrence gave a taped statement to Oakland homicide investigators denying any involvement in the shooting incident.

In addition to his prior conviction on illegal gun charges, Torrence also was convicted of robbery when he was a juvenile and declared a ward of the juvenile court system, according to court records.

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  1. connie says:

    Where are the Bart protestors? that should be out raged
    for this poor boy’s death ..caused by the same kind of thugs that they defend
    when the police take action!

  2. jb says:

    I could not have said it better. They should round up all these gang bangers and shoot them.

  3. Cynthia says:

    Where are the City Council members and the remaining 50 officers that were laid off. Call in the NATIONAL GUARDS for help. Where are our Pastors and the NAACP. Help us save our youths!

    1. Ugly American says:

      I guess little Carlos wasn’t thuggish or black enough for them to get involved. May peace be with you and your family little Carlos.

  4. Choice says:

    One thing that puzzles me ….
    Why did Torrence want to be a part of a shooting that would end in the death of a child?
    On his Facebook page there are photos of him with two small children.

  5. adam says:

    The NAACP should step in and be out raged by the police for arresting Denard and Torrence. The police took their rights away for simply doing a drive-by shooting of innocent victims. Perhaps, the parents of Denard, Torrence, and the NAACP should sue the OPD and the city of Oakland for civil rights violation.

    Bunch of BS!….typical low life mentality!

  6. Tito says:

    OAKLAND IS VERY DIVERSE, LOTS OF FAMILIES WITH GOOD INTENTIONS……TOO BAD ALL GOES DOWN THE DRAIN DUE TO THE ANIMALISTIC WAYS OF THE LOW LIFES GOOD FOR NOTHING…..OPS! ..BECAREFUL THE NAACP MAY COME TO DEFEND THE GARBAGE…..AND WE ALL KNOW WHO THE GARBAGE IS……

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