San Lorenzo Express News

Village Mourns a Son

APRIL 15, 2003 (updated JULY 5, 2003)

The first-ever street shooting in San Lorenzo Village has taken the life of a young man near his home. Angelo Roger Ravella died March 29 after someone fired shots into his vehicle at Bockman Road and via Chiquita early in the morning on March 28.

Angelo, 22, had lived in San Lorenzo since age seven. As a boy he played in the Washington Manor Jr. Baseball League and later, at Arroyo High School, was a member of the varsity baseball team. He was also captain of the Arroyo High wrestling team.

He is survived by his parents, Angelo and Robert Ravella, his sister Amanda Teran and brother Bento Teran. The family has requested that Angelo's life be honored by donations to the Arroyo High wrestling team (15701 Lorenzo Ave., San Lorenzo 94580), or the Washington Manor Jr. Baseball League (P.O. Box 4356, San Leandro 94579).

Angelo was a passenger in an automobile at about 12:40 a.m. when shots were fired by a passenger in another car, described by witnesses as a mid- or full-size American automobile, of a dark color, similar to a 1980s Cadillac. That vehicle may have had four or five occupants. The assailant was a White or Hispanic male between 18 and 25 who wore a black beanie and may have had facial hair, witnesses said.

The shooting is thought to have been the final, villainous result of a chain of events that began outside the Village. Although no suspects have been arrested, a spokesman for the Alameda County Sheriff's Department, Lt. Greg Ahern, has said that investigators have a "lot of leads."

The driver of the car in which Angel was wounded was himself wounded, but not seriously.

Visit the Ravella family's website for information on how you can help bring the culprit to justice!