OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU/BCN) - A man suspected of killing a mother and son in Oakland on Saturday afternoon was tracked to a motel room in Stockton on Tuesday but killed himself while law enforcement officers were closing in on him, Oakland and Stockton police said today.
Leonard Williams, 55, of Oakland, was determined to be a suspect in the fatal shooting of 48-year-old Latrelle Parker and her son, 22-year-old Ezra Glenn, at about 2:45 p.m. Saturday at Parker's apartment in the 3300 block of MacArthur Boulevard, according to Oakland police.
KTVU's Amber Lee spoke with Anita Stephens, the mother of Parker and Glenn's grandmother. She said she lived with the victims and Parker's seven-year-old daughter.
"She said, 'My mommy and my brother is hurt'. And 'I'll be glad when they clean my mommy up so I can go to the hospital with her'," Stehpens said.
The grandmother said she was at work when Williams came to their home. She suspects that he was angry because he accused the family of trying to turn his little girl against him.
Investigators tracked Williams to a room at the Red Roof Inn at 1707 W. Fremont St. in Stockton on Tuesday evening, Stockton police spokesman Officer Joe Silva said.
As Oakland police and the U.S. Marshals were trying to enter the room at about 8 p.m., they heard a single gunshot, according to Silva. The officers backed off, surrounded the motel and started evacuating the people inside.
The Stockton police SWAT team was called in to assist. At about 1:30 a.m. today, police entered the room and found Williams dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to police.
Parker had been an employee at Alameda High School for the last 11 years as a paraprofessional, an aide working with special education students, according to Susan Davis, an Alameda Unified School District spokeswoman.
"We are so, so sad to hear about this longtime AUSD employee dying. It came as a shock this weekend and our hearts go out to her friends and family members," Davis said.
In addition to high school students, Parker also worked in the school's adult transition program, which provides education in life skills to adults with developmental disabilities from age 18 to 22 so they can live independently, Davis said.
While most high school classes are out for the summer, the adult transition program continues so the school is providing psychologists for the students, paraprofessionals and teachers in that program.
"We're taking special care with the students because losing a loved one like an aide or a teacher can be especially hard with these kinds of students," Davis said.
According to Parker's LinkedIn profile, she graduated from Oakland Technical High School in 1987.
Family members said Latrelle and Williams had an on again-off again relationship that spanned 20 years and that the two were in a custody battle over their daughter. Now, relatives plan to raise the seven-year-old.
"We're going to make sure she never forgets her mother and her brother; we'll make sure of that. We're going to take care of her," said Angel Joseph, Latrelle's sister.
The shooting of Parker and Glenn was the first of two double homicides in Oakland on Saturday. The second was reported at about 9 p.m. when two male victims were shot and killed in the 1400 block of Sunshine Court.
Police have not announced any arrests in the second double homicide.
Anyone with information about a homicide investigation has been asked to contact Oakland police homicide section at (510) 238-3821.