When Steven “Eriq” Escalon’s family saw him at a cousin’s wedding in his hometown of Clovis on June 9, they had no idea it would be the last time.
Escalon, 28, was found dead in his San Francisco apartment four days later about 6:20 p.m. in a case police are investigating as a homicide.
Escalon’s family is hoping someone will come forward with new information about who killed him, his aunt Christina Saldivar said.
Meanwhile, San Francisco police have released a flier in Escalon’s Diamond Heights neighborhood asking if anyone in the area that night may have seen someone walking around carrying a flat-screen TV, computer or a game console.
Although the police released information about Escalon’s property, they would not say if the homicide was the result of a robbery, Officer Albie Esparza said.
Escalon had lived in San Francisco since 2011, Saldivar said. Before moving to The City he had been a member of the Blue Devils colorguard group in Concord, a community that is tightly knit, according to a former Blue Devils member who asked to remain anonymous.
“We loved Eriq. He was like my younger brother,” the friend told The San Francisco Examiner.
After his stint with the Blue Devils, Escalon taught colorguard at two high schools in Clovis and one near Fresno up until the time he moved to San Francisco, where he worked as a hair dresser at Metamorphosis Salon, Saldivar said.
Escalon would return to Clovis two to three times a month for hair clients there, Saldivar said.
Escalon is survived by his mother, aunt, cousins and many friends.
Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call police at (415) 575-4444.