OAKLAND, CA (April 10, 2013) – Plans for a Saturday memorial service have been announced for Oakland freelance photojournalist Lionel "Ray" Fluker, killed by a gunman last week while driving home, and police last night announced the arrest of his suspected killer.
The Bay Area photojournalism community has put out a call to show support for Fluker's friends and family by attending the services. Fluker, 54, a former freelance photojournalist for the Oakland Tribune, was shot and killed last Friday night while driving home from an East Oakland gym.
Police believe he was not the intended victim, but was an innocent passerby who was fatally hit while driving by a Valero gas station on Seminary Ave. where a gunfight between two men was taking place. The location has been the scene of many previous shootings, according to the Oakland Tribune.
Anthony Lister, 38, of San Leandro was shot multiple times during the gunfight, but he also fired the bullet that killed Fluker, police said. According to security video tape, Lister was shooting and was shot and then drove himself to friend's house and then to a hospital in a private vehicle. Police said Lister is a 10-time felon with convictions for auto theft, weapons violations, and drugs. He has now been charged with Fluker's murder and with various weapons crimes. The second gunman has not been found.
The memorial service for Fluker will be on Saturday at noon at the CP Bannon Mortuary at 6800 International Blvd. in Oakland. Contact Ray Chavez at the Oakland Tribune for more information.
Oakland, long known for its gangs, drugs, and murder problems has been in the headlines recently for the violence that's been bestowed on journalists. While Fluker's death doesn't seem to be a part of that intentional targeting of journalists, his killing is already the 25th homicide in Oakland this year.
The Oakland Tribune has a full report online here.