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Fatal Shooting Of Oakland 13-Year-Old Boy Renews Curfew Debate

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OAKLAND (KCBS) – Police in Oakland are trying to figure out why someone shot and killed a 13-year-old boy, who was on his way home on New Year’s Eve.

Oakland had its fewest homicides in a decade in 2013, but it’s first in 2014 remains a mystery.

Thirteen-year-old Lee Weathersby III was shot multiple times at 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday night. He had attended a New Year’s Eve party at the Boys and Girls Club of Oakland on International Boulevard and was headed home from a friend’s house when he was struck by gunfire.

The teen died at a hospital on New Year’s Day.

Oakland police said they have not identified a motive for the killing, and no arrests have been made. The boy’s family believes it was a case of mistaken identity.

Oakland City Councilman Noel Gallo said it underscores the need to pass a curfew, prohibiting minors from being on the street at night.

“It’s really tragic. It’s sad,” Gallo said. “To lose a 13-year-old, he never had the opportunity to demonstrate his talents. So we need to get our kids off the streets. That’s the bottom line living in East Oakland, in Oakland – our kids need to be at home.”

But fellow City Councilman Dan Kalb said a curfew is not the answer, and probably would not have saved this boy’s life.

“Doing a nighttime curfew in the city of Oakland really would tax our police officers so much, that it would take them away from other, more urgent responsibilities,” Kalb said.

There’s a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the eighth grader’s killer.

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