Nearly year after mysterious Lower Haight killing, DiMartino family still seeks answers 

The night he was viciously stabbed to death, Philip DiMartino likely attended the happy hour at the Castro bar Badlands, according to loved ones who hope that new detail will help find his killer.

Nearly a year after the killing, there are still no leads in the murder investigation, sister Lisa DiMartino says. She hopes another plea to the public for information will lead to a break in the case.

The 36-year-old marketing executive’s body was found butchered in his Lower Haight apartment on Aug. 2, 2010.

A concerned co-worker visited the apartment after DiMartino failed to arrive at work. The co-worker saw the body through a window and called police.



Police believe he was killed on Friday, July 30.

Investigators have only revealed some clues. There was no forced entry into the apartment. The killer, believed to be a Hispanic man, may have been injured after cutting his hand during the attack, police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said.

As of Tuesday, there were no new breaks in the case, which remains active and open, Esparza said.

DiMartino’s loved ones said they are not giving up hope in finding the killer.

While DiMartino is believed to have gone to Badlands that night, “We don’t know if he also went anywhere else before heading home,” Lisa DiMartino said.

Colleagues said DiMartino claimed to be headed to Badlands after work. He also may have gone to nearby Toad Hall bar that night, his sister said.

It is also believed that DiMartino was home before 9 p.m., she added.

“That’s about all we really know,” she said.

DiMartino, a Chicago native, was well-loved among family, friends and colleagues. Along with marketing apartments for Archstone in San Francisco, he volunteered to build low-income housing and participated in AIDs walks, according to colleagues.

He also had a great sense of humor and loved traveling, his sister said. Before his death, he had recently flown back to San Francisco after attending a taping of the Oprah show. He even made it on the little screen — he was the spectator sitting behind Paula Abdul during a taping of an American Idol episode, she said.

“He just liked to enjoy life and try as many new things as he could,” Lisa said.

Anyone with information should call SFPD Homicide Detail at (415) 553-1145, or the anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444. There is also the option of Text-A-Tip to 847411 or (TIP411).

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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