The wife of one of the four Oakland police officers who were fatally shot by a wanted parolee 10 years ago has died from injuries she suffered in a car crash in Yuba City, authorities said.
Angela Dunakin, 52, of Roseville, died at a hospital in Sacramento on Oct. 28, a day after a truck crashed into her car at an intersection in Yuba City, according to police.
Dunakin was the widow of Sgt. Mark Dunakin, who was one of four officers killed on March 26, 2009, by 26-year-old Oakland resident Lovelle Mixon, an ex-felon who was wanted on a no-bail warrant for allegedly violating his parole by failing to meet with his parole officer.
Mark Dunakin was 40 when he was killed.
Mixon was killed at the end of his confrontation with police.
The Police Officers Research Association Of California has launched a campaign to raise $50,000 for the Dunakins’ three children, Anthony, Sienna and Patrick.
“[Angela Dunakin’s death] now leaves these children alone and without any household income, with the exception of what Anthony is currently making.”
The law enforcement group said Anthony, who is now 25, was living with his mother along with his 10-month-old daughter Riley.
It said Sienna, 24, just started her second year at the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University and Patrick, 19 is in his first year at Chico State University.
“[The money raised] will help run the household until the home is sold and also assist both Sienna and Patrick with expenses for college, not to mention everyday life until they can all get on their feet.”
The research association said:
“Angela put everything she had into her children and worked hard to make sure her kids were taken care of. Now they are left alone needing to figure out their lives and how to move forward without either of their parents in their lives.”
The law enforcement group said:
“[The Dunakins’ children] are great kids and now having to deal with both of their parents being taken away in such violent and tragic ways.”
The website for the fundraising campaign is at https://porac.org/fundraiser/fund-our-hero-dunakin-childrens-family-trust-fund.