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SF teenager killed in quadruple shooting ‘way too young to die’

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A memorial for quadruple shooting victim Gerson Romero ,19, on Mission Street and Amazon Avenue on Aug. 13, 2018 (Michael Barba / S.F. Examiner).

The teenager killed in a quadruple shooting near the border of the Excelsior early Saturday morning has been identified as a 19-year-old man from the neighborhood who worked in construction.

The Medical Examiner’s Office identified Gerson Romero as the victim in the shooting near Mission Street and Amazon Avenue at around 2:08 a.m. Friends gathered at a growing sidewalk memorial for Romero on Monday morning said he was shot while getting pizza with his friends.

“He was a good kid,” said Claudia Mendoza, 17, who first met Romero when he was a student at Mission High School. “He was nice to everybody, never let nobody down. He was way too young to die.”

Candles, flowers and empty beer cans lined the sidewalk outside the dentist office at 5105 Mission St. Mourners posted photographs of Romero and goodbye messages to him in English and Spanish. Friends at the scene said family is raising money to send his body back to Honduras.

“Real until death,” one person wrote in Spanish.

A memorial for quadruple shooting victim Gerson Romero ,19, on Mission Street and Amazon Avenue on Aug. 13, 2018 (Michael Barba / S.F. Examiner).

Officer Joseph Tomlinson, a police spokesperson, said no motive for the shooting has been identified. Tomlinson said witnesses told police a group of men shouted at the victim and his friends from across the street before the shooting.

“The witnesses said they heard one of the males say something, and then they just started shooting,” Tomlinson said.

A man in his 20s, a 23-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman were shot alongside Romero, according to police. Tomlinson said one of the victims was shot in the lower back, one in the right buttock and one grazed on the right leg.

Two of the victims were taken to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, according to Brent Andrew, a hospital spokesperson. One has since been released, while the other is in fair condition.

Tomlinson said the homicide is still under investigation. Police are seeking surveillance footage that may have captured the shooting.

The shooting marked the 30th homicide in San Francisco so far this year.

Police most recently recorded a homicide last Wednesday when two sisters were found dead from stab wounds in an apparent murder-suicide at Tenderloin Family Housing on Turk Street.

The sisters were identified as 51-year-old Julie Nhan and 56-year-old Phung Nhan. Both are considered homicide victims, according to police.

mbarba@sfexaminer.com

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