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The Citizen

Former Laney student Oshiana Thompkins shot and killed at Orinda Halloween Party

Image from Oshiana Thompkins GoFundMe campaign.

Laney College President Tammeil Gilkerson confirmed Tuesday that former Laney college student Oshiana Thompkins succumbed to injuries she suffered during a mass shooting that occurred on Oct. 31. She was 19 years old.

Five Bay Area residents were killed at the Halloween party at Airbnb rental home in Orinda when gunfire erupted at the party, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Four more victims were critically injured.

Thompkins was remembered by her family as “kind, sweet, and funny,” with “the innate ability to light up a room with her laughter and smile,” according to Gilkerson’s mass email addressed to the Laney community.

Thompkins’ family shared that her last act of kindness was to donate her organs and save as many lives as possible, according to the email.

GoFundMe campaign has been established to assist with Thompkins’ funeral arrangements and grief counseling.

Members of the college community who need additional support are encouraged to contact Laney’s mental health services at 510–464–3535. More information about mental health services can also be found on the Laney College website.

About the Contributor
Michelle Snider, Editor in Chief
Michelle Snider is the Editor-in-Chief of The Citizen and has been an editor for three of the four semesters she has attended at Laney College. Best known for going viral filming “BBQ Becky” at Lake Merritt during her first semester, Michelle aspires to break into a new modern world of multimedia journalism. Dabbling in photojournalism, article writing, social media reporting, and film, Michelle has learned how to use different mediums to tell everyday stories. In 2017, Michelle was concerned about violent rallies breaking out in Berkeley, CA and went to document what she felt would one day be political history. When she learned what she was doing was considered journalism, she was inspired to go back to school to get a journalism degree. She later sold some of her Berkeley footage to a PBS Frontline documentary called “Documenting Hate.” At 42-years old, after raising 20-year-old twins, Michelle is ready to start a new life informing the local community and the world about the events around her. After all, journalism is the first draft of history.
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