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Teen charged as adult in killing of off-duty paramedic in Oakland

April 18, 2013|By Robert J. Lopez
  • Oakland firefighters salute during funeral services Tuesday for paramedic Quinn Boyer at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Oakland.
Oakland firefighters salute during funeral services Tuesday for paramedic… (Jane Tyska / McClatchy-Tribune )

A 16-year-old boy has been charged as an adult in the slaying of an off-duty paramedic during an alleged carjacking attempt in Oakland, prosecutors said Thursday.

Five other teens are facing charges in connection with the April 2 killing of Quinn Boyer, 34, who was shot at point-blank range after he had dropped off his father from a doctor's appointment, police said. Boyer died two days after the attack.

Christian Burton and the five other teens are accused of watching Boyer in his parked vehicle near Keller Avenue and Hanson Street in the Oakland hills, according to police. Boyer and another teen allegedly confronted Boyer.

"During the attempted carjacking, Burton shot the victim," Oakland Police Department Officer Phong Tran said in a declaration filed in Alameda County Superior Court. "Burton was later detained at which point he provided an admission of his involvement in the shooting death of the victim."

Tran said Burton was linked to the shooting through physical evidence and witness statements.

The other teenage boys, one of whom was arrested Wednesday, range in age from 13 to 15 and are being prosecuted in juvenile court on multiple felony counts. 

Boyer, who was newly married and worked in Santa Clara County, was memorialized Tuesday at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Oakland. The service drew hundreds of friends, relatives, firefighters, paramedics, police and city leaders, including Oakland Mayor Jean Quan.

"This senseless murder has shocked the community," Alameda County Dist. Atty. Nancy E. O'Malley said Thursday in a statement. "My office will ensure that justice is served."

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