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Keeper of memories: Campbell search organizer known for memorializing missing youth
September 4, 2009 – 7:12 pm
Those who die on Oakland’s toughest avenues may get little more than a brief mention in local papers or on the nightly news, but their memories live on at Sherri-Lyn Miller’s print shop on East 14th Street in San Leandro, just blocks away from the Bayfair Center shopping mall.
Now Miller is working to keep the public aware of another person missed by friends and family—five-year-old Hassani Campbell, who was in the care of his Fremont foster parents Louis Ross and Jennifer Campbell when he vanished sometime around August 10. Last week the Oakland Police Department arrested Ross and Campbell on suspicion of murder, but the Alameda County District Attorney’s office declined to press charges and the two were released.
Miller is organizing a dive at Lake Elizabeth in Fremont to search for the boy. The dive, which will begin Saturday at 9 a.m., will involve the volunteer organization San Jose Search and Rescue, as well as residents from throughout the area. “It takes a village to raise a child and it takes a village to find a child,” said Miller, 40.
Since Campbell vanished, Miller’s print shop has become a headquarters for his search effort. What she initially envisioned as a campaign of “find Hassani” T-Shirts, missing persons posters and fundraisers has morphed into a larger search. She’s been assisted by Courtney Tascoe-Burris, 23, the daughter of Oakland attorney John Burris, who is working as an advisor to Ross and Campbell.
“Even if Hasanni is no longer with us, it doesn’t mean he doesn’t deserve to come back for a proper burial,” said Tascoe-Burris, who Miller says she met at a vigil for Campbell.
Tascoe-Burris may try to organize searches in Oakland parks as well. “We think that everywhere needs to be searched,” she said.
As of Friday evening it was unclear whether the Oakland Police Department or Alameda County Sheriff’s Department will participate in the lake dive; officials could not be reached for comment. The Fremont Police Department will not participate, according to Lieutenant Mark Devine. “This is an Oakland case,” said Devine, declining further comment.
“I’m just trying to find this boy,” said Miller, who hopes to start a nonprofit group to combat youth violence.
Miller believes this missing child case is an example of a culture that has lost its ability to care for children. “For them to be losing their lives out here, whether they’re kidnapped, whether they’re murdered, whether they’re beaten to death, it’s a tragedy,” said Miller.
Sherri-Lyn Miller, owner of the All In One Stop print shop, talks on the phone with a volunteer for Saturday's search for five-year-old Hassani Campbell.
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Keep Hasanni Campbell probe going strong
Friday, September 4, 2009
If ever there were a police investigation worthy of special attention and treatment, it's the unexplained disappearance of 5-year-old Hasanni Campbell.
The Fremont boy, who has cerebral palsy and wears braces on his legs, has been missing for nearly a month, and investigators aren't buying the explanation provided by foster parents Louis Ross and Jennifer Campbell.
Now, acting Police Chief Howard Jordan admits his department simply doesn't have the resources to keep shining as bright an investigative spotlight on the case.
But despite the backlog of unsolved homicide cases and more deaths every week, authorities need to find a way to keep a full-time investigator on Hasanni's case. On Thursday, officials in Alameda County and San Francisco added to the reward money, bringing the pot to $60,000 for information leading to finding the boy.
In addition, the department's 22 homicide investigators were called in to help with tasks from surveillance to interviews with possible witnesses, Jordan said.
"We can't devote the amount of resources to this case that we had, but it doesn't mean we're not going to continue investigating this. It's just not going to be as many people."
In the event new information surfaces about the fate or whereabouts of the boy, another team of investigators - and other resources - will be assembled, Jordan said.
My hope is the department will do more than that in this case.
In the meantime, Oakland's acting police chief believes the involvement of federal authorities and other law enforcement agencies means the case will remain a high priority, he added.
If there is one thing that everyone agrees on, from the detectives looking for clues to the foster father who says he was with him shortly before he disappeared, Hasanni Campbell did not simply vanish into thin air.
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