Daly City homicide victim remembered by Baby Blues BBQ co-worker 

A 26-year-old man fatally shot in Daly City early Monday morning was remembered Tuesday by a co-worker as a conscientious, honest and hard-working person.

“It broke all of our hearts,” the Baby Blues BBQ employee said of the murder of Alexander Castanon, who was gunned down about two blocks from his apartment shortly after midnight.

Castanon had just stepped off a 14-Mission San Francisco Municipal Railway bus at Mission Street and San Jose Avenue when he was shot once in the head, Daly City police Sgt. David Mackriss said.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

“It caught all of us very much by surprise,” the employee, who didn’t want his name published, said in a phone interview Tuesday afternoon.

According to the employee, Castanon was a cook at the restaurant and was liked by everybody.

“I never saw him at a crossroad with anybody,” the employee said. “He was absolutely spectacular, one of my go-to guys. He was a real sweetheart of a guy.”

No arrests have been made but two males were spotted running from the scene.

Castanon got off work at 4 p.m. Sunday, according to the employee. Mackriss said police are working to find out where Castanon had been between then and the time he was killed.

Mackriss said Castanon is not believed to have been involved in a gang and his killers may have mistaken him for someone else, but the motive for the shooting remains under investigation.

Castanon’s death is the city’s second homicide this year. On Feb. 7, 21-year-old Jessie Wiley was struck and killed by the driver of a sport utility vehicle after a fight at a pizzeria. Police labeled Wiley’s death a homicide because they say he was hit intentionally.

Anyone with information about the murder is urged to call the Daly City Police Department at (650) 991-8119.

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