It's been a year since the senseless killing of Ernesto Xe Acosta at the intersection of Hayes and Webster streets, and according to his family, the investigation into his murder has stalled.
Acosta was shot and killed Feb. 10 about 2 a.m. by an unknown gunman riding in what police believe was a white Lexus ES 350. Surveillance video of the suspect vehicle and footage from a taxicab camera that reportedly showed Acosta crossing the street before collapsing was previously available on the San Francisco Police Department's website.
Police believe the suspect vehicle may have been seen by witnesses who attended a birthday party event earlier that night at Yoshi's. The party was for LaRon Mayfield, brother of San Francisco boxing champ Karim Mayfield. The event featured the rapper The Game as the headlining act.
Acosta's sister emailed The San Francisco Examiner last week saying that no progress has been made in the investigation and that his killer remains at large.
"This has been the hardest thing my family has ever gone through," Amri Aguirre wrote, "knowing his killer is still out there is a very hard pill to swallow."
Acosta was a well-loved grocery clerk who worked at Whole Foods in the Upper Haight.
Friends and family will be gathering at Hayes and Pierce streets in Alamo Square today at 3:30 p.m. in recognition of the anniversary of Acosta's death, according to the blog Haighteration.
Anyone with information on the shooting is encouraged to call police at (415) 575-4444 or by text at TIP411 with "SFPD" at the beginning of the message.