Identities released of victims in SF double homicide 

click to enlarge Police investigate the scene of a double homicide in the parking lot of Crocker Amazon Playground on Monday. - MIKE KOOZMIN/THE S.F. EXAMINER
  • Mike Koozmin/The S.F. Examiner
  • Police investigate the scene of a double homicide in the parking lot of Crocker Amazon Playground on Monday.

The Medical Examiner's Office released the names of the two young men who were shot to death Monday morning near Crocker Amazon Playground.

Eighteen-year-old Kenyatta Butler Jr. of San Leandro and Donzel Gaines, 19, of San Francisco were found inside a parked tan Chevy Camaro about 9 a.m. Monday.

Gaines was from the Western Addition and Butler, while a resident of San Leandro, was from Visitacion Valley and still had connections there.

Several witnesses said they heard multiple gunshots. The preliminary investigation indicates that two men might have fled on foot after the shooting, but police said they do not have concrete leads on any suspects.

The parking lot where Butler and Gaines were discovered is next to a soccer field where signs are posted warning that children are at play.

One of the victim’s brothers, Jamal Gaines, was fatally shot two years ago. He was shot in his car near Fillmore and Geary streets Jan. 19, 2013. One of his five siblings, a 14-year-old brother, saw the shooting. The 26-year-old San Francisco City College student was planning to become a radiologist.

Carnell Taylor Jr. 24, of San Francisco was charged in connection with the homicide, but was acquitted.

Monday’s homicides raise The City’s total this year to 13.

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Born and raised on a houseboat in Sausalito, Lamb has written for newspapers in New York City, Utah and the San Joaquin Valley. He was most recently an editor at the San Luis Obispo Tribune for nearly three years. He has written for The S.F. Examiner since 2013 and covers criminal justice and planning.
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