Woman violently robbed in Oakland while heading to memorial for police abolitionist killed in robbery

"The irony is sickening," one of the victim's friends said.

Jarryd Jaeger Vancouver, BC
On Sunday, a San Francisco woman was violently beaten and robbed by two teen girls in Berkeley. She had been making her way across the bay to attend a memorial for Jen Angel, an Oakland anti-police baker who was murdered in February during a violent attempted robbery.

The memorial service was set to focus on Angel's commitment to "restorative justice," and the irony of someone getting attacked as they made their way to the event was highlighted by a close friend of the victim, who said, "the irony is sickening."

According to the Berkeley Scanner, the incident took place near Sacramento Street and Derby Street just after 5 pm Sunday. A 40-year-old woman, whose identity has not been revealed, was walking down the road when she was approached by two girls, believed to be between 13 and 15 years old. 

The teens allegedly pushed the woman onto the ground before beating her, kicking her head, and stomping her face. The pair made off with her purse and cell phone and were shuttled away from the scene by a man driving a black sedan. The suspects escaped from police, and are still at large.

The woman sustained numerous injuries, including cuts, scrapes, and a black eye that swelled shut. She was rushed to the hospital, and is recovering.

Sarah Lefton, who claimed that the victim was one of her closest friends, lamented the circumstances of the attack. 

"She was literally on her way to Jen Angel's memorial about restorative justice after a murderous robbery," Lefton said. "The irony is sickening."

According to the San Francisco Standard, Angel's memorial drew crowds in the hundreds, with people from across the country descending on Oakland to celebrate her life and call for restorative justice.

In a statement following her death, Angel's family had explained that as a self-described "anarchist" and an avid social justice advocate, Angel had a strict policy of never calling the police, and "did not believe in state violence, carceral punishment, or incarceration as an effective or just solution to social violence and inequity."

The Post Millennial has reached out to the organizers of the memorial for comment.

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