The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Paris Powell made it his life’s mission to feed and clothe the homeless and to help domestic violence victims on the rougher streets of Oakland. Now, after a gunman ended his life in front of his family, his pregnant widow wonders how she can move forward without her best friend.
Lalita Powell, 35, spoke at times forcefully and through tears Thursday as she recalled the shooting in East Oakland that killed her 29-year-old husband of two years and left her with a bullet lodged in her left shoulder. His stepdaughters, Shayla, 3, and Cristina, 7, and now his unborn child are fatherless, and Lalita Powell doesn’t know why.
“My husband has no enemies, no criminal past, no drug involvement, no gang activity, nothing,” she said. “I don’t know if it was random, I don’t know if that’s the new way they jump people into gangs or something. It’s not right. It’s not fair. It doesn’t seem real.”
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