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Five Found Dead In Oakland Within Eight Hours

April 15, 1992

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Five people were found slain within an eight-hour period, including a police officer’s wife who was in a car on which the word ‘WAR’ had been painted.

Tuesday’s victims were killed in three unrelated incidents, police said. There were no suspects in any of the slayings, police said.

The body of Carol Ann Carlen, 46, was found in the trunk of her car parked in an industrial neighborhood early Tuesday morning, police said. The word ″WAR″ had been spray-painted along the driver’s side. Her husband, Patrolman Keith Carlen, had filed a missing person report on Monday.

In two other incidents, four people were found shot to death.

Shortly after midnight, two men believed to be brothers in their early 20s were shot during an argument on a street corner in East Oakland, police said.

Later in the morning, the bodies of a man and a woman in their 20s were found in a parking lot in the Oakland hills. The victims had been shot execution style.

The killings brought to 67 the number of homicides in the city this year. During the same period last year, 36 people were killed.

On March 19, seven people were killed within 24 hours. After a public outcry, city officials presented plans to curb violence and drugs.

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