Monday, May 4, 2009
An image from the funeral of four Oakland police officers, March 27, 2009
Oakland investigators revealed that the killer of four Oakland police officers, Lovelle Mixon, was linked by DNA to the rape of two women earlier that same day.
The women were attacked at 5:30 a.m. as they were setting up a food cart to sell food to day laborers at High Street and International Boulevard. Mixon robbed the women at gunpoint, walked the pair to 45th Avenue and San Leandro Street, where he raped them both.
Mixon had been connected to the rape of a 12-year old girl days before his shooting rampage, which followed a routine traffic stop.
Since his death Mixon has also been connected to a home invasion robbery in Modesto, a city in the San Joaquin Valley. Mixon and an accomplice pistol-whipped a man, assaulted a woman, and stole guns, cash and jewelry from the home.
He’s considered the prime suspect in a string of Oakland rapes.
These crimes are an excellent example of what an upstanding citizen Mixon was. Sgt. Dom Arotzarena, Oakland Police Officers Association president, was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle.
"It doesn't change what happened," he said. "All it says is, to his supporters - this is who you're supporting. Congratulations for supporting a monster.”
Mixon’s family swore Lovelle was not a monster, and was a good guy trying to turn things around. A vigil was organized by a Oakland group called Uhuru (African People's Socialist Party), but a sparse crowd of 60 showed up to “honor” the memory of Mixon.
Strange way to turn things around by being a serial rapist, home invader, and ultimately a cop killer. So much for the cops picking on an innocent man ...the four officers will forever be missed. Mixon, maybe not so much.