Body found in suitcase on Lake Merritt identified

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The Oakland Police Department identified the body found floating inside a suitcase on Lake Merritt as Gabriel Gomez Raymundo, 23. 

On October 31, the suitcase was found floating on the lake near the 1900 block of Lakeshore Avenue. 

Police are seeking information about the victim, where he lived, where he worked, and who are his associates. 

Anyone with tips about his death is asked to come forward as well. OPD is still trying to solve Raymundo’s homicide and is offering a reward of up to $10,000 to anyone who provides information leading to an arrest.

Anyone with information is asked to call OPD’s homicide section at (510) 238-3821 or its tip line at (510) 238-7950.


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.