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‘Justice for Jungle’: A family calls for answers

Family members, friends and supporters of Joseph “Jungle” Taeotui rallied on the steps of San Francisco’s City Hall Thursday to call for an arrest to be made in his killing. Taeotui, an anti-violence worker employed by The City’s Street Violence Intervention Program, was shot outside his home in Bayview-Hunters Point on Aug. 13 and died ten days later.

Police made an arrest in the case last Monday, booking 22-year-old Antoine Waller into jail on suspicion of murder. But the District Attorney’s Office has declined to charge him in connection with the slaying on Wednesday, citing the need for further investigation. Waller has since been released.

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Jodie Taeotui, 2, daughter of Joseph "Jungle" Taeotui, a gun violence prevention worker who was shot and killed on Aug. 13, 2018, carries a sign asking for justice for her father up the steps of City Hall at a rally alongside family, friends and community members asking for justice for his murder from The City on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)