Investigators seeking help in Emeryville man’s tragic murder

Published On June 13, 2013 | By Rob Arias | Crime & Public Safety, News & Commentary

An Emeryville man was shot to death in North Oakland late Wednesday, the night before his 23rd birthday, after getting into a confrontation with two men who collided with his car, police said.
Aya Nakano was returning home from playing basketball when he was shot and killed about 10:57 p.m. in the 5800 block of Market Street. Nakano had been driving westbound on Stanford Avenue when a car struck his Jeep Cherokee from behind, according to police.
Nakano turned southbound onto Market Street, stopped and got out of his car. A confrontation ensued with the two men in the other vehicle and one of them shot Nakano, police said.
Nakano died at the scene. The gunman and the other man fled southbound on Market Street in their car, which was only described as a late-model four-door silver sedan, possibly with front-end damage, police said.
Police said the Nakano graduated in 2012 from the University of Oregon and was living with his family in Emeryville. He had been coming back from playing basketball that evening at the UC Berkeley campus. His birthday was Thursday, when he would have turned 23.
His family told police that Nakano was a good young man and were appealing to the community to help solve the case.
“This is just an innocent victim on his way home,” said Officer Eric Milina. “He pulled over like any good citizen would do and was killed for his trouble. This is atrocious, we need the public’s help.”
Investigators were back Thursday morning at the scene, located in front of a carwash on Market Street, looking for video surveillance tapes and other evidence.

Investigators would like anyone who witnessed the incident to call police at 510- 238-3821.
The death is Oakland’s 45th homicide of the year. Police are offering up to $10,000 in reward for information leading to an arrest | reprinted from MercuryNews.com →

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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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