Victims of the deadly Oakland residence shooting identified

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A mother and daughter are killed after a Saturday shooting in an Oakland residence. According to the victims’ family, the tragic incident resulted from domestic violence. 

Rebecca Jenkins, 44, and her 13-year-old daughter Desiree were shot inside a Birch Street residence around 11 p.m. Both were pronounced dead at the scene. 

A child not related to the family but was visiting for a sleepover was also transported to the hospital for a gunshot wound. 

At the time of the shooting, children aged 1 to 15 years old were inside the house. 

Police confirmed that one suspect was arrested at the scene, but their name was not released.

Jenkins also left behind three children. 

A GoFundMe has been launched to raise money for the Jenkins family. 

A family member writes, “My step mom and step sister have been called home and taken from us too soon. Due do domestic violence, they both lost their lives.”

All funds raised from the site will go to supporting these young children. 

Oakland City Councilmember Treva Reid was informed of the shooting and went to the scene. She says she saw the surviving children sitting alone at the station. 

Reid tells the press the impact on the children is particularly heartbreaking. “There was no one there for the children,” Reid said. “You know, you come to some scenes and there’s a lot of family. There’s a lot of love around those involved in a shooting or a homicide and it was quiet.”

Anyone with more information about this shooting is asked to contact the Homicide Section 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.