Oakland, California (CNN) — \”What is it like to bury both of my kids?\” Dinyal New\’s voice trails off, unable to continue.
She sits in the same pew of her church, listening to the same pastor on the same subject — the loss of a child.
Her two boys, Lee and Lamar, were shot to death, 19 days apart, young victims of Oakland, California\’s relentless street violence.
With a population of nearly 400,000, Oakland has long been known as a Bay Area pocket of urban violence. Its proximity to drug corridors and high poverty are fertile breeding grounds for gang violence.
Nearby San Francisco and Silicon Valley are routinely named \”Most Innovative Cities in America,\” yet Oakland makes it on very different lists with one of the highest gang homicide rates and robbery levelss in the country.