$10,000 reward for the Oakland flower delivery homicide suspect

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The Oakland Police Department released surveillance photographs of two people seen in the area moments before the deadly shooting. 

On June 21, shortly before 6:30 p.m., Matheus Gaidos, 27, was killed on 26th Street. Gaidos was a florist and was delivering flowers in Koreatown when he was shot. 

OPD and Crimestoppers of Oakland are offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest. 

“The Oakland Police Department is releasing these pictures in hopes the community can help identify these individuals who were walking in the area prior to the homicide of Matheus Gaidos,” OPD wrote.

Surveillance video shows Gaidos was delivering flowers in front of Telegraph Apartment on Wednesday when a man and woman passed by him walking a dog. 

The couple stopped walking, and a verbal argument occurred. 

The man handed the dog leash off to the woman, and the victim threw a flower bouquet at the man. The man responded by pulling out a gun and opened fire. 

The killer can be seen in the video running away from the crime scene.

So far, no arrests have been made.

Oakland homicide victim Matheus Gaidos was delivering flowers when he was slain. (Image via Facebook / Matheus Gaidos)

“It brings me to tears, this man on his job … within 10 seconds he was dead,” said Courtney Russell of Koreatown Northgate Oakland, a nonprofit community organization that put up more than 60 surveillance cameras in the area to help police detectives solve crimes.

Russell was born and raised in Oakland. She said, “There’s a lot of good people that live in Oakland that want to live their lives … and don’t want to feel like everytime they get out of their car there’s a potential for them to be assaulted, or their car broken into, or be killed.”

The victim’s friends wrote on social media that he was a kind person who moved from Brazil to California to escape violence in his home country.

Oakland police did not confirm if the man and woman were the same as the dog walkers recorded on surveillance cameras. 

If you know the identities of the people in the photographs, or have information about the case, you are urged to call OPD’s Homicide Unit at 510-238-3821, or the TIP LINE at 510-238-7950.

Oakland City Council member Carroll Fife wrote, “This was a deeply tragic loss of life stemming from a verbal altercation. My heart goes out to the victim’s family and friends. I’m confident that the homicide team will close out this senseless violent act swiftly and successfully.”


Charlene is a Bay Area journalist who hails from the small community of Fresno. Drawing from her experience writing for her college paper, Charlene continues to advocate for free press and local journalism. She also volunteers in all the beach cleanups she can because she loves the water.

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