San Francisco police offer reward to catch Haight killer 

Police have offered a $25,000 reward for information about last year’s heinous murder of Philip DiMartino in the Lower Haight neighborhood.

A co-worker found DiMartino dead Aug. 2 with dozens of stab wounds in his body. After he failed to show up for work on a Monday, a co-worker went to check on him because it was unlike DiMartino to not show up or answer his phone. From the window, he could see DiMartino’s bloodied body and he immediately called police.

Though police initially released a suspect description of a Hispanic man who may have visited DiMartino’s apartment July 30, they have yet to arrest anyone.

However, the victim’s sister Lisa DiMartino said she hopes the new reward may inspire people to call in with tips.

She said on top of the grief of losing a loved one, the mystery and heinous violence of the crime has weighed on her family.

“It’s still shocking,” she said. “It just seems completely senseless at this point, and we just want to get some answers.”

Lisa DiMartino and her parents all live in the Chicago area, but even with the distance it has had an impact on their sense of security.

“My dad is a lot more cautious these days, and worries about us when we leave the house. They’re worried about me when I work late,” she said.

Philip DiMartino’s close friend David Ruiz said his pal had never expressed fears that his neighborhood was unsafe.

“We actually talked about what a great spot he had. You can see the view of San Francisco from his porch. It was never a threatening neighborhood for us,” Ruiz said. “I just don’t know what to think, I don’t know what happened that night.”

kworth@sfexaminer.com

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