Police are hunting for a monster following Saturday’s senseless fatal shooting of a promising student-athlete near his family’s Mission district home.
A suspected gangbanger shot Jacob Valdivieso, a 19-year-old football player and economics major at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore., multiple times, including once in the head, after asking the teen if he was in a gang, according to police.
Family members reportedly say Valdivieso was never involved in gangs and had been visiting home during spring break. Neighborhood news website Missionlocal.org, which spoke to Valdivieso’s father, reported the victim was a college sophomore who had attended Archbishop Riordan High School.
The shooting occurred at about 3 a.m., when Valdivieso was walking home from a party with his friend near 24th and Bryant streets, Officer Albie Esparza said. Suddenly a car approached and a gun-toting man got out and went straight for Valdivieso. He asked Valdivieso about his gang affiliation before opening fire, Esparza said.
Anyone with information about the killing is asked to call San Francisco police at (415) 575-4444 or text a tip at TIP411 with “SFPD” in the beginning of the message. Callers may remain anonymous.