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Four murders in five days

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A string of homicides this past week in Hayward have brought the grand total to seven so far this year. Ten total homicide cases occurred in Hayward in 2015. According to the FBI crime statistics, nine crimes classified as murder or manslaughter occurred in Hayward in 2014, seven in 2013, six in 2012 and seven in 2011. The following are brief accounts four local murders that took place in the span of five days.

Aug. 2

Sibling rivalry took a turn for the worse on Aug. 2 in Hayward. According to the Hayward Police Department, 63-year-old Anthony Maurice Williams shot and killed his brother, 59-year-old Albert Williams, around 8 a.m.

HPD Sgt. Ryan Cantrell confirmed that the older brother has been charged with murder as well as other charges that and he will have a plea hearing at 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 18 at the Hayward Hall of Justice.

The shooting happened at a home the brothers lived at with their parents, on the 27000 block of Eucalyptus Court off of Whitman Avenue, near Tennyson High School. According to the HPD, the suspect stayed at the scene, where he was arrested by detectives. The gun used in the shooting was found and no motives have been identified.

This was the fourth homicide in Hayward this year. Anybody with information should contact Detective Rob Purnell at 510-293-7034.

Aug. 5

            A domestic dispute turned deadly on Aug. 5 when HPD officers responded to the 28000 block of Thorup Lane, and found a male shot dead in the garage at the residence. According to the HPD, witnesses advised officers there was a female in the house.

After police contacted the female by phone, several hours of negotiation took place with the HPD Special Response Unit and Crisis Negotiation Team; however, she eventually surrendered.The names of the victim and the female were not released.

Aug. 5

The HPD confirmed that calls began coming in around 10:53 p.m. that reported shots fired near Jackson Street and Cypress Avenue on Friday.
When officers arrived they found a car on the 26000 block of Gading Road near Harder Road, with 18-year-old Rogelio Torres Jr. inside suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.
Police attempted life-saving measures but he was eventually pronounced dead at the scene. This was the sixth homicide of the year.

Aug. 6

            A 17-year-old Hispanic male was shot and killed in front of a residence on the 25000 block of Muir Street on Aug. 6. When officers arrived, they found the victim bleeding from several gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Hayward Fire Department.

The 17-year-old was not identified because he is a minor. Another 18-year-old Hispanic male was also shot but survived with non-life threatening wounds, according to the HPD. A different 17-year-old male later showed up at a hospital, and police determined that he was also a victim of the shooting on Muir Street. The names of the victims were not released and police have no suspects. This was the seventh homicide of the year.

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