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Remembering slain teen Desiree Davis one year later

on September 7, 2010

On Labor Day in 2009, 17-year-old Desiree Davis was killed in a drive by shooting in North Oakland. After her death, a brand new Oakland North reporter named S. Howard Bransford spent time with Davis’ family and wrote movingly about the teenager’s life.

His story, “Slain student, a taunted outsider, was fighting hard to grow up”, broke the news that Davis had fled New Orleans with her mother in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Recently, Bransford published a followup piece about Davis for radio station KALW, and it also appeared on The Bay Citizen today. In it, Bransford revisits the unsolved murder and explores how Davis’ family and friends are thinking about her death one year later.

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