GUILTY CA - Tamara Thompson, 17, Oakland, 31 March 2009

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    CA-17-year-old Tamara Thompson***FOUND MURDERED***

    Family Of Teen Murdered In E. Bay Seeks Answers
    Jun 25, 2009 11:59 pm US/Pacific
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    It's every parent's nightmare: Getting a call that tells you your child has been killed. A South Bay family asked CBS 5 to investigate this: Why the justice system wasn't able to save their daughter from being murdered in Oakland?

    At the Mount Olive Church in Menlo Park the services go on and the children sing. But one member of the choir is missing.

    17-year-old Tamara Thompson grew up in this church and brought her mother joy. "She was bubbly, friendly. She was just a fun child," said her mother Deborah Thompson. But her life came to a violent end three months ago when someone killed her, and dumped her body in a park Oakland. Police say she was strangled.

    Tamara's mother said it all began when Tamara met a new young man. "I would ask Tamara you know why do you like this person? Does he work? What does he do," Deborah Thompson recalled. The more time Tamara spent with him, the more uneasy her mother became.

    Now she knows that Tamara had fallen into the hands of a pimp. Police say San Pablo Avenue in West Oakland is where Tamara ended up. It's an area known for prostitution. One undercover vice detective who works the area said many of the girls are underage, some as young as 11. "They are commodity to the pimps, they are property, they are not people," the detective said.

    But Tamara had a chance. After police arrested her for prostitution, juvenile authorities sent her to a rehab facility near her home in Santa Clara County. "She wanted to get help she wanted to get off the streets," Artadi said.

    And it seemed to be working. But two weeks before her death, during a weekend visit to the family, Tamara ran away again. Police found her back in Oakland. The family says they asked police to arrest Tamara and hold her at Alameda County Juvenile Hall for her own protection, but despite a warrant for her arrest they say they were told that Juvenile Hall would not take her in.

    CBS 5 Investigates went to ask the man in charge of Alameda County's juvenile hall, Chief probation officer Don Blevins. "Typically if it's an out of county warrant we would book the girl into juvenile hall," he said.

    Blevins promised to look into the circumstances of that night to try to give Tamara's family answers and some peace. Police meanwhile say they are investigating the murder, which they say is very unusual.


    Police say 17-year-old Tamara Thompson was strangled and found in an Oakland Park.
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    VIDEO: Family Of Teen Murdered In E. Bay Seeks Answers
    http://cbs5.com/video/?id=51898@kpix.dayport.com

    Article:
    http://cbs5.com/investigates/unsolved.teen.murder.2.1060274.html

    It's been 3 long months, her family needs some answers & some help from LE to help solve this case! I'm hoping that with all of our many wonderful sleuthers here at WS's that just maybe that we can help her family find justuce for Tamara's murder.

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    Tamara reportedly tried to contact mother on night of her death
    Uploaded: Wednesday, April 8, 2009, 1:33 PM
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    A girl who was apparently murdered in Oakland early Tuesday of last week has been identified as 17-year-old Mountain View resident Tamara Thompson, a police spokesman announced.

    At about 3 a.m. on March 31, police received a report of an unresponsive female in the 3700 block of Webster Street, said Oakland police spokesman Jeff Thomason. The victim, later identified as Tamara Thompson, was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.

    Tamara, who lived with her mother in Mountain View and attended Mountain View High School several years ago, had reportedly run away from home. Her mother told reporters that Tamara sent a text message asking her mother to pick her up in Oakland earlier that evening, and hung up quickly during a phone call as if in danger.

    According to Sparky Harlan, executive director and CEO of Bill Wilson Center in Santa Clara County, in a post on her blog, Tamara "had been in the Santa Clara County Juvenile Ranch but was allowed to visit home on weekends. Unfortunately, four weeks ago she ran away, perhaps to hook up with a boyfriend in Oakland."


    Article:
    http://www.mv-voice.com/news/show_story.php?id=1365

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    very tragic.....
     
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    Kimster Former Member

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    The state of Washington has tough laws regarding bringing home runaways. The state of Oregon does not. There is actually a name for that law of which I searched and am unable to locate at this time. I will contact a friend who told me about it and post later.
     
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    Local girl identified as victim of Oakland homicide
    Tamara Thompson, 17, reportedly sent text messages to mother in Mountain View on night of her death
    Friday, April 10, 2009
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    At about 3 a.m. on March 31, police received a report of an unresponsive female in the 3700 block of Webster Street, said Oakland police spokesman Jeff Thomason. The victim, later identified as Tamara Thompson, was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.

    Tamara, who lived with her mother in Mountain View and attended Mountain View High School several years ago, had reportedly run away from home. Her mother told reporters that Tamara sent a text message asking her mother to pick her up in Oakland earlier that evening, and hung up quickly during a phone call as if in danger.


    Article:
    http://www.mv-voice.com/story.php?story_id=5018

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    Remembering a 17-Year-Old Runaway Who Died Alone

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    Tamara Thompson, a 17-year-old resident of Mountain View, was killed last Monday night in Oakland, after being sexually assaulted. (San Jose Mercury News, 4/04/09). Police are investigating it as a homicide. The girl had been in the Santa Clara County Juvenile Ranch but was allowed to visit home on weekends. Unfortunately, four weeks ago she ran away, perhaps to hook up with a boyfriend in Oakland.

    I hope Tamara&#8217;s life and death aren&#8217;t soon forgotten. I never met Tamara nor was Tamara ever seen at the Bill Wilson Center. However, we see many like Tamara every year &#8211; a girl with hopes and dreams who somehow got off track and ended up in Juvenile Hall.

    Recently, we moved our Quetzal House program to Mountain View. This program works with troubled girls like Tamara. We also have two host family homes that can also shelter runaways. I only hope the next Tamara is sent our way before being sentenced to the County Juvenile Ranch. Often juvenile probation and the court are quick to order girls to the secure Ranch rather than seek alternatives in the community. Probation staff systematically send girls off to the Ranch without seeking community alternatives first.

    Once allowed back home these girls often revert back to old patterns unless other help is provided for them in their home communities. When Tamara was allowed to visit home on the weekends, she did what many girls do &#8211; she took off to visit a boyfriend. The consequence for this action was steep &#8212; once she spent a night away from home she was in violation of her court order and a warrant was issued for her arrest. She would have known this and most likely was afraid to return to be locked up in Juvenile Hall. So, instead, she stayed on the run, far enough away from the local authorities. Oakland is not safe for girls on the run.

    I wish Tamara knew to call Bill Wilson Center or the Status Offenders Services Network. We would have arranged to pick her up and have her stay at our youth shelter. I hope her probation officer and the supervisors from the Ranch will remember Tamara. The Chief Probation Officer should call a group together to review her situation and see if something different could have been done for her.


    San Jose Mercury News, 4/04/09:
    http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_12071099?IADID=Search-www.mercurynews.com-www.mercurynews.com

    Bill Wilson Center:
    http://www.billwilsoncenter.org/

    Quzental House:
    http://www.billwilsoncenter.org/BillWilson.shtml#Quetzal

    County Juvenile Ranch:
    http://www.scselfservice.org/juvdel/detention.htm#MW

    Status Offenders Services Network:
    http://www.billwilsoncenter.org/contactcares.shtml

    Article:
    http://sparkyharlan.wordpress.com/2009/04/07/remembering-a-17-year-old-runaway-who-died-alone/

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    Thanks Kimster for the link.
    I wish we could back in time & somebody would have saved this young lady too.
    It's time for justice for her family. Later I will stry to see what else I can find from the early articles on this case to help us hopefully find her murderer.

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    From April 2014:

    http://www.courts.ca.gov/opinions/nonpub/A137379.PDF

     

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