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19-Year-Old Convicted of Killing High School Football Star Osana Futi

Abraham Hade, 19, of Fremont, faces 16 years to life in prison.

An Alameda County Superior Court judge convicted a 19-year-old Fremont man with the murder of Osana Futi Thursday afternoon — a day after what would have been the slain Newark Memorial football star’s 19th birthday.

Abraham Hade was found guilty of second-degree murder with a knife in Futi, according to Deputy District Attorney Elgin Lowe. He faces a mandatory sentence of 16 years to life in prison.

Futi was fatally wounded after a house party on Hyde Park Drive in Fremont. He died several hours later.

He was named the Mission Valley Athletic League's defensive player of the year in 2011 and planned to play football at a community college after his graduation last spring

“We wish we could have Osana with us but we know that we can’t. This guilty verdict is the best we can ask for,” said Stacy Kelly, a close family friend of Futi and president of Newark Memorial's athletics booster club.

“You can’t take somebody’s life and think that it’s okay," Kelly added.

Kelly said that she, her daughter and Futi’s mother cried tears of joy upon hearing the judge’s ruling.

The judge reached the verdict despite defense lawyer Tom Knutsen arguing that Hade had taken the fall for a friend of his who was only 14 at the time. In his closing arguments Monday, Knutsen said the juvenile friend had even told police that he had committed the violent act.

Lowe, however, argued that the teenage boy was trying to take the rap for Hade because he would face a lesser sentence.

According to Lowe, several pieces of evidence linked Hade to the crime.

Hade's blood was found on the knife that was used to kill Futi, Futi’s blood was found on Hade's pants, and footprints matching Hade's size of Air Jordan shoes were found at the scene.

Though Hade's conviction did not include a gang clause, both Knutsen and Lowe agreed that Futi's death stemmed from a feud between Newark Memorial football players and Norteno gang members.

That feud started when Futi's close friend and football teammate,  near the intersection of Cedar Boulevard and Birch Street in Newark on Dec. 15, 2010.

According to Kelly, Futi was briefly expelled his junior year after saying "you’re gonna get it" to a student that was harassing him following Justice’s murder. The expulsion was overturned and Futi returned to Newark Memorial.

“Osana was far from perfect, but he was an average kid. He did things that all kids do. Yeah, he did stupid stuff, but he did not deserve to be murdered,”

Hade is scheduled to be sentenced May 31 at 10:30 a.m. in Dept. 9 at the Rene C. Davidson Courthouse in Oakland, according to the district attorney’s office.

BigFred March 29, 2013 at 12:16 AM
R.I.P Brah
Stacy kelly March 29, 2013 at 12:59 AM
What a great day this is for Osana's family and friend's. Justice has prevailed. I can just imagine Osana, Justice & Coach Swift hanging out knowing how sad we are that they're gone but happy for this day with a guilty verdict
N/A March 29, 2013 at 02:43 AM
To be honest, I am very happy Memphis is found guilty, but until he get's life I will not be satisfied if he gets 16 years, he will be out in 8 which means, he has his whole life ahead of him, it's not fair that Osana's life got cut short for Memphis "wanna be" gang act, he is not so big and bad now is he, crying behind bars, way to screw everyone's life up. He obviously wanted to prove a point by bringing a sword to a party, smh! I hope Osana get's justice, We love & miss you boy.
N/A March 29, 2013 at 02:45 AM
love u Sana!
n/a March 29, 2013 at 03:50 AM
Crazy how people think .. I hope that his family gets closure and hope theyll be strong .. I dont understand young kids nowadays ive grown up in newark since i was 4 ive had my problems and got into a number of fights but never resulted in taking somones kid,brother,cousin,friend life from them it horible knowing that this beautiful life is now a remembrance .. Never met you but do know some of your friends... One love osana
Serguei Trouchelle March 29, 2013 at 04:29 AM
"16 years to life" means he will spend _at_ _least_ 16 years behind bars.
Edna Marie Jones March 29, 2013 at 12:46 PM
Best news I have heard in a long time. My heart goes out to Osana"s family. Stacy, those three are not just sitting around, I know that Rich has them playing football! It is a good day! Edna Jones
Doesn't Matter March 29, 2013 at 07:00 PM
Have Respect for life this was a sad thing that happen, but also another reminder of what we all take for granted anything you say and do can hurt other's in so many ways. RESPECT
Jane Doe March 30, 2013 at 12:17 AM
It's very sad that Hade has been convicted of a crime he didn't commit. Everyone should be upset that the 14year old friend got away with murder. Two wrongs don't make a right! Putting an innocent person in jail won't bring Osana back! I feel bad for both families involved.
Jane Doe March 30, 2013 at 12:18 AM
It's very sad that Hade has been convicted of a crime he didn't commit. Everyone should be upset that the 14year old friend got away with murder. Two wrongs don't make a right! Putting an innocent person in jail won't bring Osana back! I feel bad for both families involved.
Jane Doe March 30, 2013 at 12:18 AM
It's very sad that Hade has been convicted of a crime he didn't commit. Everyone should be upset that the 14year old friend got away with murder. Two wrongs don't make a right! Putting an innocent person in jail won't bring Osana back! I feel bad for both families involved.
Alicia Rodriguez March 30, 2013 at 03:19 AM
Jane Doe you're pathetic, you need a reality check, Hade is not 'innocent', and maybe now his conviction will wipe that little smirk off his face. He acted like this trial was all just a joke to him. Let him rot in jail. The 14 year old may be the only smart one in this as even he realized he shouldn't go down for Hade. Good riddance to him and WAKE UP to you!
anonymously March 30, 2013 at 04:52 PM
Maybe he acted like that cus he knew he didnt do it! And didn't think that the jury would really find him guilty And the 14 year old should be rotting jail i think all you that actually believe that memphis did it needs a reality check cause now a young man has be sentenced HIS LIFE Cus of the 14 year olds idiotic actions there is NO REAL JUSTICE FOR OSANA BECAUSE THE REAL MURDER WILL BE GETTING OUT IN A FEW MONTHS.. So all of you that are happy he got sentenced just know an innocent man is in jail because his so called friend WHO ADMITTED TO KILLING OSANA is going to be walking around the streets with you and me.. you guys are ignorant to the fact that you took an innocent mans life away.. YOU PEOPLE DISGUST ME!
bud lofton April 19, 2013 at 05:42 AM
I believe in an eye for a eye .osana's life is gone..that fools life is gone,As for the 14 year old who so called did it...an eye for a eye...carma is coming to u.and for u dumb asses 16 years to life means just...L.I.F.E.. His ass will never get out wit that L hanging over his head...Now u pussy's take ur eye for an eye pay backs like a man..don't go to jail and snitch on ur boys and cry for ur momma.

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