Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Detective William Alberto Wilkins

Oakland Police Department, California

End of Watch Friday, January 12, 2001

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Reflections for Detective William Alberto Wilkins

Rest in peace. Thank you for your service and dedication.

Anonymous

April 2, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the eighth anniversary year of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Two days a memorial was held for your four brothers from Oakland. Our community is mourning their loss that happened on the darkest day in OPD history.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

March 30, 2009

Today we mourn for another Oakland PD tragedy. It again reminds me about you and your family. I remember what a wonderful family you had. I loved taking care of baby William everyday as you and Kely worked. Thanks for allowing me to get to know all three of you. I often think of all of you. Each of you are in my prayers, my memories, and my heart.

Anonymous

March 27, 2009

I have such fond and treasured memories of you. You were such a light. You were Oakland PD and would come to the Hayward Jail and make us laugh and just brighten the day. You are thought of often and missed so very much. Several years have passed, yet it seems like yesterday. Rest Peacefully Willie.

Jackie Barry

March 26, 2009

Forgive me for missing the anniversary of your E.O.W., but I felt as though I could not continue to read about so many tragedies. I now realize the visit each day to leave a word of encouragement and hope to the loved ones of others, helps me to remember that I am not alone with my pain and heartbreak. So may I say to your friends and loved ones that my thoughts and prayers are with them now and always. Continue to keep watch over them and those still out on patrol and may they know you will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

February 25, 2009

It's coming up on 8 years now and you are still missed.

I keep you and the rest of your family in my prayers everyday!

Thanks for the good times.

Michael Smith

Michael Smith
Former OPD Officer

January 8, 2009

My dearest brother willie...
It's been so long. I miss you so so much... Everywhere I go, by the gift of God I'm always surrounded by people who remind me of you. My supervisors and most co-workers have your personality. I think that's what keeps motivated at work. Sometimes I can't wait to get there so I can feflet on memories that we've shared that I share with them. I mean everything... the farts, the jokes...everything. Thanks for taking good care of me and the rest of your family. Please continue you're our angel... a couple of months ago we had a squadron picnic and of course I was on the baseball team. I played so well and you know how bad I sucked!!!! I played better than the rest of my team... and I'm a girl! I had your jersey on and I was on the ball like white on rice.... you would of been proud!! I'm sure you saw it...I love you and miss you always.

Your little sister
Stephanie

Stephanie Wilkins
Sister

August 5, 2008

Willie, as a fellow sister I want to say, you will never have a full idea of those you have effected and inspired in your life & death. Sometimes no one knows how to over come a loss like YOU....give us all hope and strength to be better people, parents and Officers. My thoughts to your Friends & Family- A Sister

Officer Connolly
Reno PD Nevada

February 13, 2008

It has been 7 years Amor!!! We still love and miss you very much. Your wife and son William.

kely wilkins
wife

January 16, 2008

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE

VANDENBERGHE
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

January 4, 2008

Willie,
I Will never forget when I was a cheerleader and you were the school mascot "Jimmy the colt" and I would have to guide you around the school cause you couldn't see with that big horse head on. You were so funny! You would jump around and make everyone laugh. It came so natural for you. You would take of the head and be covered in sweat. But it never bothered you. As long as you were making people smile, you were happy.
I miss you Willie

denise ferreira
classmate/FRIEND

December 28, 2007

Hi Amor!!! We can't stop thinking about you. Your son is funny and crazy like you. Every day I think you talk to him about what he has to do to make me smile. He love baseball like you and he just want to wear t-shirt with numbers.???? Can you explain me why?He likes when I talk about you. It makes him happy. I love you Amor. Your Wife

Kely Wilkins
Wife

December 28, 2007

Happy Birthday Willie. We all miss and love you...

Tony Romero

Tony Romero
cousin

December 20, 2007

hey uncle Will i miss you its been seven years i always think of how proud you might be. I remember days when we saw the blue angels and ate rootbeer ice cream i miss you and i always will


love your godson
jordan

jordan wingate
god son

December 18, 2007

The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

December 1, 2007

Willie,

Still miss you bro. You were an inspiration to me and a huge reason I got into law enforcement. Your advice helped keep me safe. Even though I had already moved to Arizona, I jumped on a plane immediately so I could be at your service with all of our other brothers in law enforcement and the National Guard. I will always remember your quick wit and great jokes and making weekend drills fun.

Howard Baca (former reserve officer)
Formerly of Hayward PD and CA Army National Guard

September 20, 2007

I would just like to send my heart felt Thank you to the Family, Friends, and Fellow Officers of MR. Wilkens. If love could undo what's done, then it would, but it can't. So instead, Just known that there are those in Oakland, and there are many, who appreciate all that he tried to do to eradicate drugs, and all the horrible things that go along with it. I'm just so sorry for what it cost the love ones and ultimately him. Let his son know his father was a good man. Let him know that there are those in Oakland who appreciated his fine efforts and we will forever and always be thankful to him for trying to make this a better place for all of us. WE THANK HIM AND ALL OF OAKLANDS(OPD)FINEST!!!

Thankful Citizen of Oakland

September 7, 2007

G-d Bless.

January 12, 2007

Six years later, but NEVER forgotten.

Joanie
Mother, daughter, sister, and granddau. of LEOs

January 4, 2007

Well Kiddo -
Still miss ya! Are you as proud of Randy as we are? Thanks for staying on his shoulder and looking for him. I see your smile and hear your laugh and see that "What?" yes we're up to something look every once in a while, when I'm talking to him.
God's Blessings!

Co-worker
OPD

November 28, 2006

I can't tell you how much you are missed.... I wanted to thank you for always watching over me. Especially while I was far away. I've always felt your company. Meeting so many people in the military and getting to know them I always am proud to tell the stories of my chilhood and all the nice things you did for me. I miss you.... Please continue to watch over the family. We love you and you are sorly missed....

your little Sister,
Stephanie

Stephanie
sister

June 1, 2006

you are not forgotten. bless you and yours, look after our fellow brothers and sisters in blue. god bless.

fellow officer

February 1, 2006

You are sooo missed!
Peace

Co-Worker
Oakland

January 9, 2006

Willie, I remember the jokes you used to tell and the fun we had while in high school. I was in shock and mourning to find out what happened to you. May God bless your family and child and may He keep you in peace.

March 31, 2005

Willie it's been 4 years since you left. I can remember like it was yesterday the talks we had. You are the reason i'm a Police Officer now. If I could just have one day of you telling your jokes again, it would be nice. But that just mean I would have to lose you again. You where a true friend. I want to thank you for watching over me while I was in Iraq. You where that Angel talking to me as I went through my up and downs in Iraq. Until we see each other again.

Andraus Williams
HPD

February 10, 2005

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