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January 15, 2013 > Detectives arrest additional person related to Justice Afoa homicide

Detectives arrest additional person related to Justice Afoa homicide

Submitted By Newark PD

On December 15, 2010, Justice Afoa, a 17 year old Newark Memorial High School student was stabbed and killed on Cedar Boulevard at Birch Street in Newark. Daniela Guzman, Rafael Tovar, and Daniel Howard were arrested and booked at Santa Rita Jail for murder with special circumstances of lying in wait and commission of murder in furtherance of a criminal street gang.

On December 17, 2012, Newark Police Detectives made an additional arrest of subject Anthony Bernal, 22, of Newark, for an incident which occurred on October 30, 2010. On that date, Bernal assaulted Justice Afoa and a second person at a house party in the area of Cedar Boulevard/Lake Boulevard. Police believe this was one of a series of incidents which eventually culminated in Afoa's death. The second person was transported to a local hospital for treatment of severe stab wounds. Bernal has since been formally charged by the Alameda County District Attorney's office with multiple felony crimes including Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Great Bodily Injury, Attempted carjacking, and Possession of Ammunition by a Convicted Felon, and faces a possible gang enhancement charge in the future.

The investigation is continuing and police have not ruled out additional arrests.

Any person with any information concerning these incidents can contact the non-emergency line at (510) 578-4237 and ask for the Detective Division. Information can also be left anonymously on the "silent witness" hotline at (510) 578-4965.

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