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March 21, 2010

Families of slain Oakland officers reflect on the past year

2 Oakland officers were shot during a traffic stop, 2 more during a SWAT raid

San Jose Mercury News

OAKLAND, Calif. — Angela Dunakin was at her son's Babe Ruth League game in Tracy on that sunny, clear Saturday. Tamra Hege, then-president of the Oakland Museum Women's Board, was busy dealing with the wrap-up of the board's annual White Elephant Sale, having just announced 2009's fundraising success. Nikki Romans had returned to her Danville home after shopping with her husband, before he was called in on his day off. Jennifer Sakai was home in Castro Valley with her 4-year-old daughter, planning a round of errands.

There were no premonitions of doom. No alarming dreams, meaningful glances or intuitions of last goodbyes. Instead, March 21 began as an uneventful, even pleasant, spring day for the families of the four Oakland police officers who would be fatally shot that afternoon. The men's wives, parents and even their children knew the risk was always present — bad things happened, there were tense situations, close calls — but the officers had always come home.

Full story: Families of slain Oakland officers reflect on the past year

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