This site displays photos of makeshift memorials that spontaneously arise after individuals are killed by violence in Oakland. Each site of a killing is photographed whether or not a memorial is found there....

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Janet K. Alston, #83

Janet K. Alston, 42
Killed 8/14/07 5:30 am

Dumped in front of Highland Hospital


quorumangelorum said...

Oh my God, the poor woman, dumped off to die alone on the cold ground. That makes me so f***ing sad. Did she have children, I wonder...

Anonymous said...

That just real shows how cold hearted some people can be.

Anonymous said...

Boyfriend charged in slaying of former model
Oakland Tribune , Sep 11, 2007 by Sarah Terry-Cobo
ShareEmailDiggFacebookTwitterGoogleDeliciousStumbleUponNewsvineLinkedInMy YahooTechnoratiRedditPrintRecommend0OAKLAND -- Pretty and full of life, Janet K. Alston could definitely turn heads.

She attended a local modeling agency in the early'80s while attending Berkeley High School. After graduation, she traveled to locales such as Hawaii, Canada and the Bahamas for photo shoots.

Alston appeared in advertisements for Esprit and Macy's and in Ebony and

Vogue magazines. As a highly-paid fashion model, she seemed to have everything going for her, said relatives who remembered her as outgoing, good-natured and very loving.

But the promising career was cut short by drugs.

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After becoming hooked on drugs in the late 80s -- an addiction that ultimately cost Alston her career -- she spent the next 20- plus years in and out of jail or prison, mostly for drug-related offenses, police said.

The once-promising life came to a brutal end last month when the severely beaten and unconscious Alston, 42, was dumped Aug. 14 near the entrance to Highland Hospital. She died Aug. 15 without regaining consciousness.

"She had a lot going for her at one time, but then she got caught up in drugs and never got out," said homicide Sgt. Caesar Basa, who believes Alston had resumed using narcotics.

Police suspect Alston's boyfriend of two years, Cornell Morrow, 39, in the death. He has beencharged with murder, and police believe he dumped Alston at the hospital.

Vonder Alston-Attwood, Alston's cousin, said she was horrified when she saw her cousin lying in the hospital bed.

Alston was beaten so badly "she was unrecognizable," Alston- Attwood said. "If my family hadn't told me that was her ... I never would have known that was her."

Basa said jealousy appears to be the motive for Alston's killing.

Basa said she and Morrow had been together about two years and Morrow "thought she might be having an affair." He said officers suspect Morrow beat Alston in the Fruitvale district before driving her to the hospital, where she was dumped about 5:30 a.m.

After confirming Alston's identity, Basa and his partner, Sgt. Lou Cruz, were able to learn of her relationship with Morrow.

They then discovered he had been arrested Aug. 25 for burglary and was still in custody.

Morrow will be prosecuted under California's three strikes law, which could mean a life prison sentence if he is convicted. He has 10 prior felony convictions, one for attempted robbery and nine for residential burglary, authorities said.

He is scheduled to enter a plea today to the murder charge and is being held without bail at Santa Rita jail. He does not yet have a lawyer, which could mean a continuance.

Alston-Attwood said she does not wish the death penalty for her cousin's accused killer.

"I think [he-- should spend the rest of his life, miserably, in prison," she said. "No one deserves what happened to Janet."

A relative said she believed Alston began dabbling in cocaine in her mid-20s during her modeling career, and that the drugs cost her some of her modeling contracts.

There were attempts at rehabilitation, but positive gains were never permanent, authorities said.

"It's something you never get used to," said Basa, who said that as a homicide and robbery investigator has seen many lives hurt by drugs. "It's always sad."

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Millerfzcc said...

Oh my God, the poor woman, dumped off to die alone on the cold ground. That makes me so f***ing sad. Did she have children, I wonder...

Tonyaeekq said...

Oh my God, the poor woman, dumped off to die alone on the cold ground. That makes me so f***ing sad. Did she have children, I wonder...