Family of slain German tourist leaving San Francisco with hope 

Stefan Schröer will leave San Francisco with a heavy heart, but he’s thankful for all those who have helped him and his family following the unsolved killing of his wife as the German couple vacationed in The City last summer.

"It’s still very painful," Schröer told reporters at the German Consulate on Wednesday afternoon, a day before he and his two sons were scheduled to leave The City. Schröer hopes those responsible for the shooting of his wife, Mechthild, 50, on Aug. 8, 2010, will be brought to justice.

Schröer recalled how he and his wife had been looking for a restaurant when they wandered into the crossfire of a gun battle between youths at Mason and Geary streets. His wife was struck and died instantly.

Going back to the scene of the shooting this week, at the request of his two sons, was "extremely emotional" but important for the family, Schröer said.

District Attorney George Gascón met with the family Wednesday morning. In an interview with The San Francisco Examiner, Gascón said he told the Schröers police and prosecutors are working hard "to bring this case to justice."

"I feel confident that this is a case that we will eventually be able to file [charges] on," Gascón said.

Schröer said authorities had told him the case was very complicated, but assured him they were working to identify and charge the suspects involved.

"I hope that they will soon be successful," Schröer said.

The widower thanked law enforcement, hospital social workers and ordinary San Franciscans for "an extraordinary amount of kindness and sympathy."

"San Francisco is now a very special city for me and my family," Schröer said. "I promise all the people of San Francisco I will come back."

aburack@sfexaminer.com

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