Journalists Aim to Finish Slain Comrade's Investigation

Chauncey Bailey Project delves into Muslim bakery linked to Oakland killing
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 7, 2008 2:52 PM CDT
Police said they recovered firearms linked to the slaying of Oakland journalist Chauncey Bailey during a series of raids targeting members of a Black Muslim group that operates a chain of bakeries.    (AP Photo/San Francisco Chronicle, Lance Iversen)
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(Newser) – Last summer's murder of a California journalist has prompted dozens of colleagues to join in finishing what he started, the Los Angeles Times reports. Chauncey Bailey was shot in August, police believe, over his investigation of an Oakland black Muslim bakery. "You have to let the community know you can't kill a story by killing a reporter," one member of the Chauncey Bailey Project said.

Bailey is the first journalist murdered in the US since 1993. A 20-year-old bakery handyman first confessed to the killing, then recanted, his lawyer says, under pressure from the head of Your Black Muslim Bakery. The Project says its investigation has sparked Santa Barbara police to re-open a probe into a 1968 slaying.