Judy Salamon, a much beloved resident of the Maxwell Park neighborhood of Oakland, was shot and murdered while driving in her car just a few blocks from her home on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. The shooting occurred next to the Home of Peace Cemetery.
Salamon was an advocate for private security in the neighborhood due to safety concerns in light of severe under staffing of the Oakland Police Department. Oakland City Councilwoman LIbby Schaaf said Salamon had been working on efforts to hire a private security firm to patrol the Maxwell Park neighborhood, where she lived.
Schaaf said people who want to honor Salamon and her fight to make her neighborhood safer should come to the Melrose High Hopes Crime Prevention Council's block party at Foothill Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue, not far from Salamon's home, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 27, 2013.
On April, 24, 2014, OPD announced two men had been arrested on suspicion of murdering Salamon after she filmed them with her phone. Salamon suspected they had just robbed a house.1