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City Police Confirm Identity of Homicide Victim

By Rachel Banning-Lover
Daily Cal Staff Writer
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Category: News > City > Crime

Tobias Pemadorji Eagle, 30, was found dead in his South Berkeley home Tuesday.

The Berkeley Police Department confirmed Wednesday the identity of the victim of the city's first homicide of the year to be 30-year-old Tobias Pemadorji Eagle, who was found shot dead in his South Berkeley home Tuesday afternoon.

Police officers responded to multiple calls reporting possible gunshots in the area around the 1600 block of Blake Street shortly after 1 p.m., according to a statement from the department. Police found Eagle lying in his backyard, where Berkeley Fire Department paramedics pronounced him dead.

The department is investigating the incident as a homicide.

"I was in the back of my house on a long-distance phone call and heard what I thought was a brick being thrown through my window," said Berkeley resident Nancy Wilson, who lives next door to the victim. "I later realized (the brick) must have been gunshots."

Police found Eagle's body slumped diagonally across the back porch of his house, according to Wilson, who said she climbed up a ladder to see what had happened next door. Eagle had been shot at fairly close range, she said.

While the department has not yet confirmed a possible motive behind the shooting, it does not believe the incident was random and is appealing to the public for witnesses, according to the statement. The department has not yet made any arrests in connection with the incident.

According to Wilson, Eagle had many friends and was not in contention with anybody. He is survived by his wife and son.

"He was such a kind and decent person, you never heard him raise his voice. He was a stay-at-home dad," Wilson said. "There's not a violent bone in his body."

A $15,000 reward is being offered by the city, in addition to a $2,000 reward from the Bay Area Crime Stoppers, for any information that may lead to the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects responsible.

The city saw six homicides last year, the same number as in 2009.

The Berkeley Police Department is urging anyone who may have information regarding the shooting to call BPD Homicide Detail at (510) 981-5741 or (510) 981-5900. If callers wish to remain anonymous, they are asked to call the Bay Area Crime Stoppers Tip Line (BACS) at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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