Mandela grieves over slain sophomore, Lovell Hadnot

Mandela grieves over slain sophomore, Lovell Hadnot

Jennifer Truong

MONDAY MOURNING Freshman Danyell Ely takes a photo of Lovell Hadnot's poster that he made of himself at Mandela High. Hadnot was killed on Saturday in East Oakland.

Friends and classmates of Lovell Hadnot were signing a memorial mural in the hallways of Mandela High School on Monday morning, remembering his sense of humor and mourning another peer lost to gunfire.

Hadnot, a Mandela sophomore, was shot and killed Saturday at 5:10 p.m. on the 5800 block of Bancroft Avenue, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

“He was funny and crazy, he was always smiling and joking,” said Danyell Ely, a freshman at Media Academy who went to Frick Middle School with Hadnot.

Ely remembers teasing Lovell about his nickname Velly, saying it sounded like a fancy clothing line. She also copied the way he used to walk and gesture.

Other nearby students agreed with Ely about Hadnot’s humor, one calling him a comedian.

The girls surrounding the mural grew serious as well.

“Violence is getting crazy,” said Ely.

Hadnot’s sister Tonisha stopped by Fremont Federation of High Schools on Monday. She was a student at Media Academy in 2007.

Asked what her younger brother’s dream was, Tonisha said she did not know.

“I never asked him that question,” she said. “Now, it’s too late.”

Tonisha said she had last seen her brother two weeks ago at the funeral of a cousin.

“He was funny, outgoing and self-motivated,” she said of her younger brother. “He would never say anything mean to me.”

Counselors from the Oakland Unfied School District were on hand on Monday to help students too upset to attend class.

A member of the YMCA Urban Services told grievers that they could join the school choir in learning two songs to perform at Hadnot’s services. He said an announcement would be made about details of the practice.

The funeral for Lovell had not been set as of Monday, said Tonisha.