According to her relatives, a prominent community figure and the proprietor of the well-known Oakland bakery Angel Cakes passed away after being placed in a medically induced coma due to injuries she incurred during a robbery.
The family and friends of Jen Angel released a statement, in part: “Jen believed in a world where everyone can live a dignified and joyful life and worked toward an ecologically sustainable and deeply participatory society in which all people have access to the things they need, those most directly affected by them makes decisions, and all people are free and equal.”
The statement says Angel’s organs will be donated per her wishes, with the medical team informing the family they will serve to help the lives of up to 70 people.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the robbers obstructed her car before one of them broke in and stole something from inside. She tried to pursue the perpetrators but was dragged 50 feet after becoming stuck in the getaway car’s door.
No reports of arrests have been made to date. Calling the OPD Criminal Investigation Division at 510-238-3326 is the best way to get in touch with anyone who may have information regarding this occurrence.
On Friday, Sheng Thao, the mayor of Oakland, tweeted that she had met Angel when she had cooked cupcakes for her birthday the previous year. According to the mayor, Angel worked tirelessly to convey kindness and love daily. Thao continued by saying that Angel’s influence on the neighborhoods of Oakland cannot ever be replicated.
I met Jen last year and she was an absolute joy who worked every day to spread love and kindness. She shared her joy through her baking and her advocacy for a better Town for everyone, and her impact on Oakland’s communities can never be replaced.
— Mayor Sheng Thao 盛桃 (@MayorShengThao) February 10, 2023