Former Cal Athletics player identified as victim in fatal Oakland I-880 shooting

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The California Highway Patrol responded to a deadly shooting Friday night that closed the northbound lanes of I-880 for several hours in Oakland. And on Sunday, it was reported that Bay Area sports legend Gene Ransom was the fatally injured victim involved in the murder.

2021 has ended 80 cases of gun violence occur along Alameda County freewayssome of which ended in death; Jasper Wu, 23 months was shot in the head on I-880 in Oakland last November, killing him. Ahead of the weekend, an eyewitness reported a crash near the Broadway Avenue off-ramp just after 5 p.m. Friday, saying she saw a car veer onto the freeway. The CHP at the scene later revealed that the driver was apparently hit by gunfire near the Broadway off-ramp, causing his car to crash into a guardrail before coming to a complete stop. The victim, whose identity was not released at the time, was pronounced dead by first responders.

And as we learned today, the victim killed in Friday’s act of gun violence was Bay Area sports legend Gene Ransom, according to a CHP report.

ABC7 shared news from Discovery on Sunday, detailing how Gene Ransom – a star basketball player in the 1970s at Berkeley High School and Cal Berkeley, who at one point also tried to make the Warriors team – left a huge impact on the Bay Area athletics scene.

Ransom was also active in the Bay Area sports community in more ways than one. His best friend, Doug Harris, told the outlet that Ransom was actively involved in efforts organized by Athletes United for Peace, a local nonprofit that fights violence in Berkeley, Oakland and Richmond.

Harris was quick to note the disheartening irony between Ransom’s work to mitigate the violence and his untimely death – “the very thing we worked so hard to prevent for our young people, he fell victim to, so c is really difficult for me.”

Ransom eventually found his way back to Berkeley High School later in life, investing his time and talents in coaching the school’s basketball players; his students remember him as a “fierce competitor” and an “inspirational coach”.

But for many, the lessons that will last a lifetime are the ones Gene taught off the pitch. To his son, Thaxton Ransom, he was first and foremost a phenomenal father.

Thaxton released the following statement on Sunday in response to his father’s passing:

My father was and still is a great man, he was a major influence in the East Bay Area community. He showed love to everyone he met and sometimes came across as flirtatious. It was him Gene ‘the dream’ Ransom. He opened the door for future basketball stars who came out of the Bay Area. He was admired and loved by many. I will never forget him and I will always love him.”

A documentary produced by Doug Harris titled Tournament of Champions; Legends of Northern California High School Basketball presents Ransom at the Berkeley High School game. He played three seasons for the Cal men’s basketball team, earning him a spot in the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001. Cal Athletics called him one of the greatest players in basketball history. program.

Cal Athletics also released a statement today about Ransom’s legacy, while describing the department’s “shock” at the news of his death; the athletic department added that its “thoughts are with Gene’s family and friends on this tragic loss.”

As of press time, the CHP has arrested at least one suspect believed to be responsible for Ransom’s murder. The Highway Patrol agency notes that Juan Angel Garcia, 25, of San Francisco, has since been arrested and charged with his murder; Police say the motive for the shooting is still under investigation.

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