Police released surveillance footage today of a person of interest in the Aug. 10 assault of Bryan “Feather Lynn” Higgins, who died after being taken off life support four days after the attack.
In the video, which was taken from a taxicab, the person of interest looks to be aggressively walking behind another person, who police blacked out in the video. Police confirmed this afternoon that Higgins was the person blacked out.
Higgins was found badly beaten near the intersection of Church Street and Duboce Avenue some time after 7 a.m. Aug. 10. He was admitted to San Francisco General Hospital as a John Doe because he had no identification. After the hospital released his picture, friends and family came forward and identified Higgins.
He remained on life support while friends and family paid their respects and decided on the next steps.
On Aug. 13, an elaborate ritual and vigil was performed in Duboce Park that coincided with the family removing Higgins' life support system at the hospital.
Once Higgins' death was announced, the case went to the Police Department’s homicide unit. It is still pending a report and determination on the cause of death from the Medical Examiner’s Office and is not technically considered a homicide at this time.
Earlier reports had conflicting descriptions of the person of interest, who might have been wearing a dark gray, black or red sweatshirt. In the video, it appears that the person was wearing a dark sweatshirt over a red one. There is also a low-resolution still image of the person just wearing a red sweatshirt.
Police are asking for help in identifying and interviewing this person of interest and are asking the public for assistance. Anyone with any information is encouraged to call police at (415) 575-4444 or send a text to TIP411 with “SFPD” at the start of the message.