OAKLAND, CA — To the residents of East Oakland’s Peach Street, Jasvir Singh was simply "the Ice Cream Man."
Adults and children alike would pop out of their homes on the violence-plagued side street between 92nd and 94th avenues when they heard the music coming from Singh’s white van that was always full of frozen treats.
But about 4:32 pm on October 3, a gunman approached Singh, 45, and fatally shot him inside his van before running away through backyards.
The police are still investigating the slaying, which comes amid growing fear that street violence is once again on the rise. So far this year, Oakland has recorded 74 homicides, 15 more than those at the same point last year.
Singh was the second man killed this past week working on an Oakland street during daylight hours. On September 29, artist Antonio Ramos was shot to death while painting a mural in West Oakland. His killer also has not been found.
According to the police, Singh he had immigrated to the US 17 years ago,and had a 13-year-old daughter. His listed residence was in Marysville, but he also lived in the East Bay.
Singh was pronounced dead after he was removed from the van.
The police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $10,000 in reward for information leading to the arrest of the killer.