A 33-year-old woman who worked for the Berkeley Unified School District was killed in a drive-by shooting Monday night as she walked by an Oakland park.

Beatrice Burton, who worked at Oxford Elementary School and in the central kitchen of the Nutrition Services Department, was shot around 9:48 pm as she was walking near Poplar Park in West Oakland, according to the Oakland Tribune. She was walking with a friend, who was not shot.

Burton’s boyfriend was nearby and he rushed her to Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead around 10:30, according to the Tribune.

“The tragic death of Beatrice Burton is a loss for the BUSD family,” said Mark Coplan, the district spokesman. “She was beloved by those who worked closely with her and appreciated by those who just knew her in passing.”

The district is working with the city’s Mental Health Services Department to provide counseling at Oxford and the central kitchen, which has about 15 employees, said Coplan.

Burton, who lived in Richmond, was the mother of a 15-year old daughter and 8-year old son.

Oakland police are still investigating why Burton was shot. It may be a case of mistaken identity, according to the Tribune.

Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $15,000 in reward money for information leading to the killer’s arrest. Anyone with information may call police at 510-238-3821 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572 or 510-777-3211.

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