OPD releases photos of persons of interest in Emilio Nevarez murder case

OAKLAND (KRON) -- Oakland Police Homicide investigators released these three photos obtained from video surveillance footage showing the suspect vehicle and two persons of interest who were with the suspect the evening of the shooting of Berkeley-based musician Emilio Nevarez.

Nevarez, a bass player and vocalist for the punk rock bank The Lucky Eejits, was packing up his equipment when a stray bullet struck him.

Officers responded around 1:15 a.m. to the 400 block of 14th Street, police said. Two people were injured from the gunfire, one bullet found Nevarez's neck.

"There was a lot of blood and they couldn't stop it," said Bernadette Valadez, Nevarez's mother. "It sounded like he didn't suffer for very long."

Valadez sent him a text message to wish him a Happy Easter and was wondering why he hadn't replied when she got a call from an Oakland police detective.

"It was a real shock," Valadez said. "Usually he's very protective of the people around him and it didn't seem like he felt threatened in any way. He didn't know any harm was coming there."

Investigators are requesting any information in regards to the identity of these two individuals and/or the suspect vehicle, which appears to be an early 2000's Mercedes Benz 4-door silver sedan S-series, either 430 or 500.

The Oakland Police Department has been contacted by Oakland-based Pet Food Express co-owners Mark Witriol and Michael Levy, whose company has put up $5,000 in reward money for information leading to an arrest in the homicide of Emilio Nevarez.

Anyone who may have witnessed this crime is encouraged to contact the Oakland Police Department Homicide Section at (510) 238-3821 or call Crime Stoppers of Oakland at 510-777-8572.

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