Slain Oakland Teen Wanted to Be Firefighter

The 15-year-old had wanted to be a firefighter.

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    The family and firefighting community in Oakland is mourning the loss of a 15-year-old Hadari Askari, who had one day hoped to become a firefighter. Cheryl Hurd reports. (Published Thursday, Jul 12, 2012)

    The family and firefighting community in Oakland is mourning the loss of a 15-year-old boy who had one day hoped to become a firefighter.

    "Just yesterday when I cam home he game me the biggest kiss in the world and he hugged me. That was the last time I saw my brother alive," Anthonesha Alexander said.

    Alexander and her family can't believe that they are grieving the death of Hadari Askari, because she said just the other day they were celebrating his life.

    "We were all watching the first video of his first graduation and he stood up and said my name is Hadari Askari, I'm three years old and I want to be a firefighter and save lives," Alexander said.

    The 15-year-old's life was cut short Tuesday night when someone shot and killed him in the carport at his apartment building on Leona Creek Drive in East Oakland.

    The teen had a dream of becoming a firefighter as a toddler and his family said he had recently been accepted into an Oakland Fire Department mentoring program.

    Oakland fire department spokesperson Cynthia Perkins says Askari caught her eye just this week because when she asked who wants to be a firefighter, he was the first one to raise his hand.

    Police say they have no suspects in this killing.