Man found dead in Oakland homeless camp tent is identified

OAKLAND — A man found dead Feb. 14 inside a tent at a homeless camp at Mosswood Park was identified by police Tuesday as 57-year-old Roye Lee Love.

His official cause of death has not yet been determined by the coroner’s office but police are investigating it as a homicide because of traumatic injuries to his body. Police have not said what the injuries were.

No motive has been determined yet and no arrests have been made.

Love was found dead at about 6:54 p.m. Feb. 14 inside a tent at the park in the 3600 block of Broadway, across the street from Kaiser Hospital.

Police don’t know if Love  was actually living in the tent or was visiting someone in the camp.

Authorities were told he used to live at a West Oakland homeless camp but have not confirmed a report he had to move from there earlier in the month after his tent was destroyed in a fire.

The Mosswood camp is one of the city’s most visible and more than 70 people are estimated to live there.  There has been other violence at the camp in the past, including a stabbing in August 2020 and a machete attack in Sept. 2019.  The victims of both of those attacks survived.

Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $10,000 in reward money for information leading to the arrest of the suspect. Anyone with information may call police at  510-238-3821 or 510-238-7950 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Latest News

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