OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) — As the community mourns the deaths of two Berkeley High School students and brothers, new details emerge about where the fatal shooting took place.
San Francisco-based rental platform Airbnb confirms that Jayz Sotelo Garcia, 17, and his brother Angel, 15, were shot and killed at an Airbnb rental property that was being used for a house party.
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Write in an e-mail statement:
“We join the community of Oakland in condemning the criminal gun violence that has caused this senseless tragedy. Our priority at this time is to provide support to those affected, including our host, and we are in contact with the Oakland Police Department to support their investigation.”
Airbnb told ABC7 News I-Team that the party was unauthorized and held without the knowledge or consent of the host, which prohibits parties in the listing’s house rules. This is in addition to Airbnb’s platform-wide party ban.
In August 2020, Airbnb announced a temporary ban on all parties and events in listings globally, in part in response to an increasing number of pandemic parties. Due to its effectiveness, in June 2022 Airbnb codified the ban as its policy.
In August this year, Airbnb introduced anti-party technology in the US and Canada to help identify potentially high-risk bookings.
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The system looks at the history or lack of positive reviews, how long the guest has been on Airbnb, how long the trip took, distance to listing, and booking on weekends versus weekdays.
Airbnb says it also requires guests in the United States to undergo identity verification and background checks.
Airbnb says it removed the booking guest for this party from its platform.
Jayz and Angel are survived by their mother and four younger siblings – a 13-year-old, 9-year-old, 6-year-old and 3-year-old.
Their cousin says the teenage brothers went to celebrate a birthday on Saturday night when several gunmen entered the house on Apgar Street and opened fire.
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Now the grief is unbearable.
“We can’t go ahead with the funeral and view their bodies until the inquest is complete. It really hurts,” family spokeswoman Melani Garcia said. “Because of this, we won’t be able to grow old together. We won’t be able to experience adulthood together like we experienced childhood.”
The boys were both students at Berkeley High, where bereavement counselors were dispatched Monday to meet with staff and classmates.
“Every time you get that call, it feels like the first time. It rips your heart out and devastates you in ways you can’t explain,” Berkeley Unified Superintendent Enikia said. Ford Morthel.
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At Berkeley High School, there was no outdoor memorial. But the students arrived Monday morning with bouquets of flowers meant to mourn and mourn their classmates.
The family set up a GoFundMe page to help Jayz and Angel’s mother, a single mother, cope with the loss of two sons. In less than 24 hours, they raised over $75,000 to help with funeral costs and rent. And the support has been uplifting.
“It really warms our hearts to know that our boys are so loved and to know that the community is there for us. It really helps a lot,” Garcia said.
A vigil is scheduled for Monday at 7 p.m. at nearby Longfellow Middle School to honor the 17- and 15-year-old boys.
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