Family still waiting for answers one year after Mission district homicide 

Ronald Monzon was killed after a fight that he was not a part of in the Mission district last year. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Ronald Monzon was killed after a fight that he was not a part of in the Mission district last year.

Grieving loved ones are asking San Francisco to remember that a cold-blooded killer remains on the loose.

Nearly a year ago, Ronald Monzon was gunned down in the Mission district after a fight that reportedly did not involve him.

“The person responsible is free to do what they like, while we are left with memories and visits to Ronald’s grave site,” said Michell McKnight, the mother of Monzon’s teenage son.

Monzon was killed about 7:20 p.m. March 9, 2012, while inside his truck at 23rd and Shotwell streets. That evening, Monzon was waiting for friends who had gone into a taqueria. He was reportedly on the phone with his nephew when someone opened fire.

There had reportedly been talk in the neighborhood about an argument at the restaurant between Monzon’s friends and another group, but his brother Donny Monzon said at the time that Ronald wasn’t involved.
“He was an innocent bystander,” the brother said.

McKnight said the family is devastated that the case hasn’t been solved.

“There have been no arrests made regarding Ronald’s case and no witnesses that have come forward,” she said.

McKnight said she hopes that reminding the public about the unsolved case might persuade someone to come forward with information.

The 6-foot-5 man who was known as “Big Ron” worked at an auto body shop and sported 49ers and Giants tattoos. At the time of his death, family said, he was splitting his time between his parents’ Central Valley home in Newman and San Francisco.

Although Monzon was shot in Norteño gang territory, he was not a gang member, the family said. He was described as a fun-loving guy who wasn’t violent.

An hour before the shooting, Monzon had reportedly phoned his son and said, “I love you son, I’ll see you on Sunday,” McKnight said.

Police were never given a detailed description of the male suspect. Last year, Donny Monzon said what was provided described “everybody in the Mission,” which has a large Latino population.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call police at (415) 553-1145 or anonymously at (415) 575-4444, or text a tip to TIP411 and begin the message with “SFPD.”

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