UPDATE: Two Men Charged for Murdering San Leandro Teen and Friend in Oakland

Oakland suspects Diantay Powell, 18, and Antonio Edwards, 19, are being charged for the deaths of 15-year-old Raquel Gerstel and 16-year-old Bobbie Sartain in Oakland on Nov. 25.

By Bay City News

Updated at 5:15 p.m.

Two men were charged today in connection with the brutal shooting deaths of two teenage girls near Brookdale Park in East Oakland three weeks ago.

Suspects Diantay Powell, 18, and Antonio Edwards, 19, both of Oakland, were arraigned this afternoon at the Wiley Manuel Courthouse in downtown Oakland.

Powell is charged with two counts of murder, with a special-circumstance allegation of committing multiple murders, which could mean the death penalty if he is convicted.

Edwards is charged with being an accessory after the fact.

They are charged in connection with the deaths of 15-year-old Raquel Gerstel and 16-year-old Bobbie Sartain in the 2600 block of Minna Avenue, near Brookdale, shortly before 6 a.m. Nov. 25.

The two girls were friends who grew up together in Alameda. Gerstel lived in San Leandro and was a freshman at Arroyo High School in San Lorenzo. Sartain lived on High Street in Oakland, a few blocks from where the shooting happened.

Oakland police have provided few details on the case but a woman who lives nearby and heard the shooting said police told residents that they found dozens of shell casings at the scene.

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William Finck December 27, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Where are the pictures of the perpetrators? If they were White, they would be on your front page for weeks!
Justin Marsh December 28, 2012 at 03:08 AM
Leave race out of it! The idiots who shot the girls are animals.... Period.......guns should be out of the hands of crazy white, black and brown folks everywhere in America....race baiting makes no sense at all...
jeffrey olsen December 28, 2012 at 03:55 AM
No doubts,but our PC racist media is too picky......
jeffrey olsen December 28, 2012 at 04:00 AM
why did you keep silence in Grant riots days?We did't hear anything similar from liberals these days?don't worry you will convert to conservator after first robbery somewhere in East Oakland
Justin Marsh December 28, 2012 at 06:31 AM
Lived in Los Angeles at the time! Have a great new year....live well........be safe.....be happy.........peace


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