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Woman Killed by Stray Bullet Monday Identified

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A woman who died after she was struck by a stray bullet in East Oakland early Monday morning was identified by police on Tuesday at 44-year-old Martha Casiano Ventura of Oakland.

Officers found Casiano Ventura with a gunshot wound when they responded to a shooting in a residential neighborhood in the 2100 block of East 22nd Street at 12:53 a.m. Monday. She was pronounced dead at a hospital a short time later, police said.

A GoFundMe website attempting to raise $10,000 for Casiano Ventura's family had reached that goal as of Tuesday afternoon.

The website identifies her as Dona Martha Casiano and describes her as an "amazing woman, a mother of five, a business woman, and a community member here in East Oakland."

The fundraising page can be found at

Oakland police ask anyone with information about the fatal shooting to call their homicide section at (510) 238-3821 or their tip line at (510) 238-7950.

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