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Samuel Navarro Killed On Pearl St. in Oakland Over Parking Space

Parking spaces can kill? What is this town coming to?
Father and husband killed over parking space dispute

By Harry Harris
Article Last Updated: 01/09/2007 07:00:08 PM PST

OAKLAND - A nine-by-20 foot stretch of pavement cost Samuel Navarro his life.

That's the size of the parking space at Navarro's Pearl Street apartment complex which prompted an argument Monday night that left the 33-year-old father of two shot to death, police said..

Homicide Sgt. Tony Jones was almost in a state of disbelief Tuesday that a dispute so petty could result in murder.
"It was a parking space. A parking space," said Jones.

"To be killed over something like that is almost unbelievable," he said. "There had to be another way to settle that argument.

Certainly not by shooting someone.

"How do you explain that to his children, why their father died? This is just madness."

Jones, who is investigating the case with Sgt. James Morris, said Navarro and another man were arguing in the parking lot about 7:45 p.m. Monday.

Since the suspect has not been arrested yet, Jones did not want to get too specific as to details, like whose car was involved or if the men knew each other.

The apartment is on Pearl Street, between Harrison Street and Fairmount Avenue and a driveway from the street leads to the lot.

The argument got heated and the other man got a gun out of a car and shot Navarro, a self-employed hauler, at almost point-blank range, killing him instantly.

Soon after the shooting relatives and friends of Navarro's began showing up outside the complex, sobbing and holding one another behind yellow police tape.

His wife, who police said had been at work, could be heard screaming "oh no, oh no," over and over, the sounds muffled only when she hugged someone.

His daughter, dressed in a soccer uniform, was also there, tears streaking her confused looking face.

The killing was Oakland's third homicide of the year.

Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $10,000 in reward money for information leading to the killer's arrest. Anyone with information can call police at 238-3821 or Crime Stoppers at 238-6946.
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