Ever since doctors prescribed her with oxycontin after a car accident that almost cut off her tongue at age 19, Lindsay McCollum had been lost to drugs.
At 27, she found herself living on the streets on and off until one night in December 2016 when a gunman shot up a homeless encampment in the Mission District, according to her mother, Carrie McCollum.
Lindsay stumbled down the sidewalk, bleeding out from a gunshot wound, witnesses told the San Francisco Examiner at the time. Eddie Tate, a 51-year-old homeless man better known as “Tennessee,” was killed inside his rolling shelter.
More than a year and a half later, Lindsay’s mother is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the Dec. 18, 2016 double homicide near Shotwell and 16th streets.
“I know there are people out there that know who did this,” she said in an email. “Maybe they’re scared? Maybe they’re indifferent? I’m hoping the $5,000 reward I’m offering will instill some courage, or compassion. I’ll take it either way.”
The news site Mission Local first reported last week that flyers advertising the reward had been posted around the neighborhood.
Police at the time of the shootings described the suspects as two men in their 20s. A police spokesperson said the homicides did not appear to be random. The shootings marked the 56th and 57th homicides of 2016 in San Francisco.
“Lindsay died alone on that dark and horrific street but she wasn’t alone in life,” Carrie said, adding that her daughter had family who loved her. “She played the piano, she was in Little League, she went on vacations. She didn’t belong there.”
Anyone with information related to the shootings can reach Carrie at LindsayMcCollumsMom@gmail.com.
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