Mourners described the victim of a fatal shooting Monday in the Crocker-Amazon neighborhood as a well-loved man who had given his kidney to save his mother’s life.
Daniel Colon, 43, was killed at 12:03 a.m. and his cousin Andrew Colon, 34, was seriously wounded in a shooting in the 1100 block of Naples Street, a relatively quiet area near Geneva Avenue. The cousins had been walking home from the Broken Record bar, where the longtime 49ers fans had been celebrating their team’s NFC Championship Game victory Sunday, according to friends.
No arrests have been made and no motive has been released.
A detailed description of the suspect was not provided, but police Officer Gordon Shyy said it was a man who fled on foot after the shooting.
Late Monday morning, 25 people visited the crime scene within a 40-minute period. They included family, friends and neighbors. The mourners paid tribute to Colon with a small memorial at the site. The memorial included a 49ers balloon and a photo of Colon wearing a Frank Gore jersey at Candlestick Park.
Another photo showed a shirtless Colon with the scar he had sustained from his kidney-removal surgery. A friend said the scar was an example of the kind of things he would do for his family and friends.
Contractors stopped by in their work trucks to pay respects. Nieces of the victim cried as they stood over the memorial. Ten feet away, the markings of police evidence and blood remained on the sidewalk.
Loved ones described Colon as a genuinely kind and generous person who had no beef with anyone. A lifelong friend who wished to remain anonymous said the 43-year-old would put up his fists if he had to, but would never be involved with weapons.