OAKLAND - The life of a 21-year-old Oakland native who had just started a new job and was taking community college classes will be celebrated at a memorial this week, less than two weeks after she was fatally shot.
Corrin Ray, known by her family as Corrin Ray Bailey, was hit by gunfire in the early morning of Oct. 5 near Frank H. Ogawa Plaza.
Her aunt, Marcie Bias, an instructor at Laney College, said Ray had been at the First Friday art festival in downtown Oakland and was waiting at a bus stop when the shooting began.
Bias said there were three people arguing near Ray, a man and a couple. The man went to his car and came back and fired shots. Ray was hit along with the couple.
All three were taken to a hospital, where Ray succumbed to her injuries.
She was an innocent bystander, her aunt said.
Bias said Ray was "born, raised and perished" in Oakland. She was studying at Laney College and the week earlier started her first day at a job with the Contra Costa County juvenile justice system.
"That was something near and dear to her," Bias said. Ray had an uncle who worked for the juvenile justice system.
Bias said Ray "was loved by so many people. She had this warm, caring, loving spirit. She would help you even if it meant she went without."
Ray was also musically talented, her aunt said.
"She had a love for music and talent of expression," she said. "That's something that runs through our family."
Bias said Ray's mother is taking the loss hard.
To remember the young woman, whose favorite color was green, her family will wear black and green at a viewing and funeral for Ray, Bias said.
The viewing will be held Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Whitted-Atkins Funeral Home at 5500 Foothill Blvd. in Oakland.
The funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at Great St. John Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church, located at 985 53rd St. in Oakland near the Emeryville border.
A large crowd including Ray's friends, classmates and teachers from Laney College and family members are expected to attend, Bias said. She said some family members are coming from out of state, including an uncle from Texas.
One of Ray's aunts is in the U.S. Navy and stationed in Syria. The family notified her about Ray's death but she will not be able to return to the U.S. for the funeral, Bias said.
Both services are open to the public, Bias said.