Road Rage Turns Deadly for Mother of Four

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Luis Lopez Gallegos and his wife, Perla Avina, were on their way home from the grocery store just a mile from their home Sunday afternoon. The couple had plans to watch the Raiders game with their family. Around 12:30 p.m. their lives changed forever.

Gallegos says the details leading up to the incident are unclear, but remembers that another driver didn’t like the way he was driving and suddenly, shots rang out. One bullet hit Avina in the head, killing the 30-year-old mother within minutes. Dwayne Jackson, Gallegos’ next-door neighbor, was standing outside of his house when Gallegos

“pulled up really abrupt, halfway in the driveway and called to me. He said, ‘D, call 911. My wife’s been shot.’ We pulled her out of the car and I started giving her CPR, but I pretty much knew she was gone. I didn’t see any signs of life. There was no waking up. For this to happen at noon, when most people are coming home from church, is awful.”

Avina was a medical clerk at a pain rehabilitation center in Emeryville. She left behind her husband and three daughters, ages 1, 4, and 8, and her 14-year-old son.

Gallegos and Avina had been high school sweethearts. He said of their four-year-old daughter,

“She doesn’t understand. She keeps asking when Mommy is coming home. It still hasn’t processed. We had plans to watch the game and (Avina) said ‘I’m going to cook you posole.’ So we went to the store like we always did.”

One person’s split-second decision has tragic, lifetime consequences over something as small as an everyday traffic irritation.

The shooter is still on the loose. Anyone with information is asked to call the Oakland PD Homicide Division at (510) 238-3821 or Oakland Crime Stoppers (510) 777-8572. A $30,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the murderer.

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28 Comments on "Road Rage Turns Deadly for Mother of Four"

  1. yeah, much like all the negativity towards Mike Brown. Dont people know they are suffering at his tragic loss?

  2. sherry8260 | 10/31/2014 at 7:47 PM |

    Look I live a few miles from Oakland. I have for 54 years, my entire life. The blacks are pissed at all these hispanics…they come in here illegally (not saying these people were but thats not the point), move into the neighbors that the black folks established and act like they own the place and everyone owes them. If you haven’t lived in a neighborhood overrun by the illegals then you have no clue how pissed off people are. The behavior is atrocious. Now assuming the shooter is black, I can completely understand it. These people were just in the wrong place at the wrong time but all these illegals have lit the fuse to a time bomb that’s about to explode….

  3. kid_you_not | 10/31/2014 at 7:40 PM |

    These people (non-Whites) live to be douches. Purposely driving slow, purposely standing in the street, they view life as being cheap.

  4. kid_you_not | 10/31/2014 at 7:39 PM |

    Ah, the richness diversity brings.

  5. All I am saying is don’t believe the first thing the media tells you. As with the young black man shot and killed in San Jose just before midnight last night. He was simply walking home with his friends and they argued, he was shot 4 times! By his FRIEND! And they are saying it was an accident?? Oh wait… Witness say HE RETURNED FIRE! But they are unsure if it is gang related? What early 20s person do you know who has the right to carry a concealed weapon in San Jose California?

    Don’t jump to conclusions about shootings before all of the evidence has been collected and the investigation is over! I am very happy they apprehended the person allegedly responsible and hope that they prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law! But… Until the investigators close the books on this case I will not believe that it is as cut and dry as they have reported it to be.

  6. Actually Joe, they do run things. COPS are being sent to jail for shooting gang members who have themselves killed dozens. COPS are being fired from their jobs for standing up to young entitled punks for breaking the law but all you get to see is the couple of minutes of video slanting it towards officer hostility and excessive force. COPS are being tried in the media long before they get their day in court and have no Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton to stand up and make a bunch of racial noise to blur the real issues! Honest citizens are being stripped of their right to protect themselves while government officials are getting caught smuggling guns to the bad guys. It sucks and it is one of the reasons I no longer work in Law Enforcement and have no desire to!!

  7. John Lorf | 10/31/2014 at 11:44 AM |

    Actually Joe, they do run things. COPS are being sent to jail for shooting gang members who have themselves killed dozens. COPS are being fired from their jobs for standing up to young entitled punks for breaking the law but all you get to see is the couple of minutes of video slanting it towards officer hostility and excessive force. COPS are being tried in the media long before they get their day in court and have no Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton to stand up and make a bunch of racial noise to blur the real issues! Honest citizens are being stripped of their right to protect themselves while government officials are getting caught smuggling guns to the bad guys. It sucks and it is one of the reasons I no longer work in Law Enforcement and have no desire to!!

  8. John Lorf | 10/31/2014 at 11:27 AM |

    All I am saying is don’t believe the first thing the media tells you. As with the young black man shot and killed in San Jose just before midnight last night. He was simply walking home with his friends and they argued, he was shot 4 times! By his FRIEND! And they are saying it was an accident?? Oh wait… Witness say HE RETURNED FIRE! But they are unsure if it is gang related? What early 20s person do you know who has the right to carry a concealed weapon in San Jose California?

    Don’t jump to conclusions about shootings before all of the evidence has been collected and the investigation is over! I am very happy they apprehended the person allegedly responsible and hope that they prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law! But… Until the investigators close the books on this case I will not believe that it is as cut and dry as they have reported it to be.

  9. All I think about is her children and family. Such a tragedy….

  10. chris dixon | 10/31/2014 at 7:14 AM |

    And calling her a gangmember is not? Lol

  11. Yes, horrible event. So many victims, so many hearts and dreams dashed in an instance of rage.

  12. Toodumtu | 10/30/2014 at 10:46 PM |

    Sounds like you’re ur daddy’s goat.

  13. Toodumtu | 10/30/2014 at 10:44 PM |

    ur daddy phuck you and your goat.

  14. Sean Dew | 10/30/2014 at 8:19 PM |

    Funny how so many of these shootings happen in Liberal states and in minority areas, …that being said, horribe tragedy and condolances to the family

  15. John Lorf | 10/30/2014 at 2:22 PM |

    Sit back and watch… There is more to this story than Road Rage. Whether the inept media will disclose it our not there is more coming. Police were at a stand off with the supposed shooter this morning. Gangs and Gang violence (yes mothers of four are gang members too) is off the chart in Oakland so to jump to a conclusion that she was a poor innocent victim of “road rage” is at best premature.

  16. Kenneth Allen Donaldson | 10/30/2014 at 1:18 PM |

    Sometimes it’s better to just keep your mouth shut than show the world what wrong thinking is. I’m tryingto be polite.

  17. ragen rcr | 10/30/2014 at 12:11 PM |

    I think you are right

  18. My hearts just breaks for her family.

  19. Joe Hammerdink | 10/30/2014 at 10:59 AM |

    Your post is so ignorant it needs to be removed.
    Pay attention to the times? What times are those? When we must all act like meek sheep so scumbags like yourself can do as they see fit?

    The criminals don’t run things. People like you don’t run things. Get that through your dense head you punk.

  20. Dottie Allen | 10/30/2014 at 7:31 AM |

    what horrible comments on here. That poor family has been shattered and all people are condemning are her driving habits???????????? That is deplorable!!!!!!!!!!!!! May God watch over this family and you are in mt thoughts and prayers.

  21. Big Beefy D | 10/30/2014 at 7:19 AM |

    What kind of idiot would say something like that? You, and people like you, are the reason our society is so jacked up.

  22. Cynthia Lamacchia | 10/30/2014 at 7:11 AM |

    Are you really that ignorant? Maybe it was you in the other car……..how do you KNOW he was “driving like a douche”?

  23. detroitheat | 10/30/2014 at 4:30 AM |

    FUCK YOU BITCH and you are truly an Ass Hole, and I just bet that you are a FUCKING NIGGER and I personally don’t like NIGGERS…..

  24. Richard Engler | 10/30/2014 at 3:37 AM |

    REALLY ASSHOLE? IT’S THE HUSBANDS FAULT HIS WIFE IS DEAD? YOU BETTER HOPE TO GOD WE NEVER MEET IN A DARK ALLEY.

  25. What a fu cking cu nt

  26. Tired of your s*** | 10/30/2014 at 2:28 AM |

    Peoples’ driving habits are no excuse for this kind of thing. Also, learn how to spell Mr. simple.

  27. ur daddy | 10/30/2014 at 1:43 AM |

    Maybe someone should learn how to drive.I dnt condone the shooting at all by any means but maybe if u didnt drive like a douche she might still be alive. Pay attention to the times you live in and act accordingly

  28. Dan Kridler | 10/30/2014 at 1:30 AM |

    Oakland! That says it all.

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