SF State will award posthumous degree to student shot in SoMa 

San Francisco State University has announced that it will award a posthumous degree to Stephen Guillermo, 26, who was shot in a SoMa apartment earlier this month.

Guillermo lived in the building and was shot by his neighbor, Amisi Sudi Kachepa, 68, when Guillermo reportedly entered Kachepa's apartment accidentally. The shooting prompted outcry from the victim's family but the District Attorney's Office declined to press charges.

Guillermo attended City College of San Francisco before transferring to SF State, where he was nearly finished with a degree in international relations. He would have been the first person in his immediate family to earn his college degree.

“Upon the request of the Guillermo family and the faculty and administrators in the College of Liberal and Creative Arts, a posthumous degree will be awarded,” said Acting Dean of Students Mary Ann Begley.

SF State's graduation ceremony is slated for May 24; however, the school plans to give the degree to Guillermo's family in a separate ceremony over the summer. A date for the ceremony has yet to be determined.

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