Grieving Family Pleads for Justice in Nathan Chanthavong’s Tragic Death

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Written By Lori Walker

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Candles, photos, and balloons were placed on Filbert Street near 9th Street in West Oakland to honor 16-year-old Nathan Chanthavong, who was tragically found dead there.

Nathan’s mother, Vicky Chanthavong, expressed her profound grief, saying, “I’m lost. I feel hopeless.”

According to police, Nathan was shot and killed around 1:30 a.m. on June 10, one of three teens killed in separate shootings in Oakland that day. His body was left on the side of the road.

“I feel so empty,” Vicky said. “Very upset.”

Nathan had been staying at his aunt Eleannor Chanthavong’s house, about four miles away, on the night of the shooting. He snuck out of the house sometime after midnight.

“He was a happy kid,” Eleannor said, holding onto a photo of her nephew.

Nathan, a sophomore at Skyline High School, is remembered for his sense of humor.

“He was a happy kid,” Eleannor said as she clung to a photo of her nephew.

Nathan leaves behind a younger brother and sister, as well as a cousin who considered him a best friend.

“It took a toll on me, a piece of me, actually,” Nathan’s cousin, Berlin Meng said.

The family is pleading for Nathan’s killer to come forward.

“Come forward. We need justice,” Eleannor said.

“His life shouldn’t have ended that way,” Nathan’s aunt Linda Chanthavong said. “I’m not going to stop until I get that justice for him.”

Nathan’s mother now wears a button with his image to keep his memory alive.

“We just want to have him with us everywhere we go.”

The family, practicing Buddhism, is relying on their faith to cope with their grief.

“I want to give him one last hug and tell him I love him,” Vicky said.

She now holds photos of her son close to her heart, including one with his hands together praying.

The funeral will be held on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at Chimes Chapel in Oakland.

The family has set up a GoFundMe account to help cover the cost.

A spokesperson for the Oakland Police Department said there were no new details from the investigation that could be released on Tuesday.

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