OAKLAND (CBS SF) — A woman who was fatally shot in East Oakland on Saturday night has been identified by family members and friends as 29-year-old Misty Smith Walton of Oakland.
Smith Walton and her husband were shot in the 3500 block of 65th Avenue at about 8 p.m. Saturday, police said. Smith Walton was pronounced dead at the scene and her husband was taken to a hospital, where he was in stable condition Tuesday.
A friend who has set up a GoFundMe site to raise funds for her children wrote that Smith Walton has two boys ages 8 and 11 and was six months pregnant with a third child.
“Misty Smith Walton was taken from us by a senseless act of gun violence. She was shot in front of her home with her husband in East Oakland on Saturday night,” the friend wrote.
Neighbors said the shooting happened near the couple’s car and it may have been related to the car being broken into Saturday evening.
“Misty left a smile that will never go away,” the friend wrote.
The fund seeks to raise $4,000 to care for Smith Walton’s children, who will be raised by their aunt, and $2,059 had been raised as of midday Tuesday.
Oakland Unified School District spokesman John Sasaki said Smith Walton was the president of the Parents Teachers Association at Carl B. Munck Elementary School, where her youngest son is in second grade.
Her older son also attended Carl Munck and is now at Montera Middle School, Sasaki said.
He said Smith Walton’s death is “devastating to our school district and our community.”
Smith Walton “was very popular and was always there [at Carl Munck] to help, no matter the issue,” Sasaki said.
He said, “Her kids were the center of her life.” She was known on campus as “Miss Misty” and would often do anything teachers or administrators asked of her.
Four psychologists were on the Carl Munck campus Tuesday for grief counseling to kids who had known Smith Walton and had grown to love her.
Oakland police haven’t yet officially identified Smith Walton as the victim of the fatal shooting or released any suspect information in the case.
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