Oakland family mourns father fatally shot while trying to stop catalytic converter theft; city’s 101st homicide of year

OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) — Oakland police are investigating their 101st homicide of the year on Tuesday. Police were reportedly responding to a theft of a catalytic converter in the 4000 block of Everett Ave. While responding, police were notified of a shooting that had occurred in the same location.

The family identified the victim as 60-year-old Arturo Coronado.

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Amalya Love says she has a message for the man who shot and killed her father after allegedly stealing his catalytic converter.

“You already had the catalytic converter. Why did you shoot my father?” he asks.

Love didn’t want to show his face on camera, but he wanted to tell the story of his father, who died in front of his house while trying to stop thieves.

Coronado’s death brings Oakland’s homicides to 101 this year.

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“He was everything I could ask for in a father. Given the situation we grew up in, he did his best to be the best father possible,” says Love.

Oakland police say they were initially responding to reports of a stolen catalytic converter just after 4 a.m. in Oakland’s Glenview neighborhood. Then there were calls of a shooting at the same location.

“I heard the screams, and then I saw the gun pointed out the window, shot three times and then the car took off,” explained neighbor Victor Gonzales.

Gonzales describes Coronado as a good family man. He says the neighborhood has recently been hit with two armed robberies and another catalyst robbery.

“I think it’s just disgusting. It’s just a sign of desperation around us that it’s happening. I’m sad that he lost his life,” says Gonzales.

Love says his father worked in construction. Justin Dawson was his boss. They worked together for 24 years.

“(He) never hurt anybody. He would help his neighbors. He would help random people. He would wake up at 6:00 every morning. He would go to work. He did so much for me,” Dawson says.

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Michael Cusick was also woken up by the noise. He is struggling to deal with a neighbor who has died in front of his house, for trying to protect his property.

“I think it was probably more instinct. He probably didn’t realize the severity of what they could do to him. And I wouldn’t either because you want to protect your property at that point,” says Cusick.

Oakland Police and Crime Stoppers are offering up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of a suspect.

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