FBI to get involved in Aya Nakano Cold Case, kick in $25K to reward fund

Published On September 10, 2015 | By Rob Arias | Crime & Public Safety, News & Commentary

The 2012 cold case of murdered Emeryville resident Aya Nakano got a lift from the FBI today who pledged $25,000 to the reward fund bringing it to $125,000. They also announced the launch of a new initiative to work closer with the Oakland Police to combat crime. Members of the FBI and OPD will share resources and a new workspace in the Wiley Manuel Courthouse to fight violent crime and target gangs.

Nakano was murdered in North Oakland after a fender bender back in 2013 and there have been few new leads other than the release of a pixelated surveillance photo. Former Councilperson Kurt Brinkman championed the cause of Aya by contributing some of his own money in addition to spearheading a resolution to get the city to pledge $10,000. The money, only paid in the event of a conviction, would come from the city’s General Fund. “As a mother, I want nothing more than giving Aya the justice he deserves and get these criminals off the street so no other parent has to go through what we’ve gone through.” noted Aya’s mother Maria Climaco at the podium.

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FBI Special Agent Bertram Fairries speaking at a news conference outside the Oakland Police Department.


Reward Increased to $125K for Information on Emeryville Man’s Killing in 2013

By Autumn Johnson

The FBI announced today that it is contributing $25,000 to the reward for information leading to the suspects who killed a 22-year-old recent college graduate in North Oakland in 2013. Authorities hope that increasing the reward to a total of $125,000 will spur people to come forward with information on the death of Aya Nakano on June 12, 2013, FBI Special Agent In Charge Bertram Fairries said at a news conference outside the Oakland Police Department this morning.

The shooting happened around 11 p.m. as Nakano, who had recently graduated from the University of Oregon and was working at a logistics firm, was driving back to his Emeryville home after playing basketball at the University of California at Berkeley campus, Oakland police Lt. Roland Holmgren said.

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is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who moved to Emeryville in 2003. A new parent in the community, he can often be seen walking his French Bulldog rescue "Fiona" around his Park Avenue District neighborhood, traversing the greenway on his bike or enjoying his favorite Emeryville small businesses. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.

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