South City in mourning again 

Her principal described Antwanisha Morgan as a "force on campus." Unfortunately she is also the third South San Francisco High School student to have died in 2007.

Morgan, a Daly City resident and senior set to graduate in June, was shot and killed Friday night on Third Street near Quesada Avenue in San Francisco.

Morgan, 17, was standing with a group of friends on the 5000 block of Third at 8:10 p.m. when a male around 19 or 20 years old exited a car and fired numerous shots, hitting Morgan in the chest and a 17-year-old San Francisco male in the leg, police Sgt. Neville Gittens said.

Both were taken to San Francisco General Hospital where Morgan was pronounced dead. The male victim is expected to survive, Gittens said. The suspect fled in an unknown direction, he added.

Police are not treating the homicide as gang-related at this point, but the department’s gang task force has been notified of the incident, Gittens said.

Friends and family of Morgan grieved for the loss on MySpace.com, a social networking site, but none could be reached for comment on her death this weekend.

"She was certainly a force on campus — a high-energy young girl," said Michael Coyne, South San Francisco High’s principal. Morgan had her sights set on college, having taken part over the last four years in a program helping under-

represented populations attend.

Morgan could be seen most mornings as one of the anchors on the school’s television announcement broadcast, which alerted students to the day’s events, Coyne said.

"Everybody knew Antwanisha," he said.

The school is considering a moment of silence to honor Morgan, as it did for two other students killed this year, and was also considering a possible permanent memorial to the students, Coyne said.

On Jan. 13, Josue Zendejas, 16, a former student who had moved to Hayward in October with his family, was killed in a car accident involving a drunken driver.

A week later on Jan. 20, Stella Blue Kraft, 16, a junior, died when the car she was in on eastbound Interstate 80 near Vacaville veered into westbound traffic, causing a multicar collision. Friends Halley Gelpke, 19, and Katelynd Galloway-Smith, 19, also of South San Francisco, also died in the crash.

"Having three [deaths] in this short a period of time has been tough for everybody," Coyne said. "It’s tough but [the students] have been pretty strong. And it’s particularly tough for the teachers because it’s a loss for them and then they’re told to go take care of the kids," he added.

Those with information on the homicide should call the San Francisco Police Department’s anonymous tip line at (415) 431-2127.

dsmith@examiner.com

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