A former U.S. Marine, Romans worked for the Oakland Public Housing Authority before spending the last 13 years as a police officer. He worked for the Oakland Police Department out of its Eastmont Substation and was one of several S.W.A.T. members to enter a building where suspect Lovelle Mixon was hiding out after shooting two motorcycle officers, killing Sgt. Mark Dunakin and mortally wounding Officer John Hege.
When S.W.A.T. entered the building, Mixon opened fire with an AK-47, killing Sergeants Romans and Daniel Sakai.
A candlelight vigil was held for the four policemen Tuesday night at the site of the shootings. Hundreds of people turned out to pay their respects and to hear city and community leaders call for peace.
A visitation for Sgt. Romans was held Wednesday at Wilson & Kratzer Chapel of San Ramon Valley in Danville.
On Thursday, an Oakland Police Department motorcade accompanied Romans' body to St. Isidore's where another visitation was scheduled from 4-7 p.m. A vigil was then be held from 7-8 p.m.
All four policemen were to be memorialized Friday at the Oakland Arena at 11 a.m.
Funds for children of fallen policemen
Funds have been set up for Sgt. Ervin Romans' three children as well as the children of the other slain officers.
Anyone who would like to make a contribution to trust funds set up may do so by two methods - by wire transfer or by check. Wire transfers may be made directly to the following Merrill Lynch accounts:
The Romans Children's Family Trust, account No. 204-04066
The Dunakin Children's Family Trust, account No. 204-04065;
The Sakai Family Trust, account No. 204-04064.
No fund had been set up as of Monday afternoon on behalf of Hege, who had no children.
Checks can also be mailed to:
Oakland Police Officer's Association, attn.: Rennee Hassna, 555 Fifth St., Oakland 94607. Make checks payable to the Dunakin Children's Family Trust; The Romans Children's Family Trust; or the Sakai Family Trust. The Deputy Sheriffs' Association of Alameda County has also established a memorial fund for the fallen officers. Contributions may be mailed to: San Francisco Police Credit Union, attn.: OPD Memorial Fund, 6689 Owens Drive, Suite 125, Pleasanton 94588. Make checks payable to OPD Memorial Fund.
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