Mission murder victim was a native son 

click to enlarge Ronald Monzon was shot March 9 while he was sitting in his truck talking to his nephew on the phone. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Ronald Monzon was shot March 9 while he was sitting in his truck talking to his nephew on the phone.

Ronald Monzon was born and raised in the Mission district. His family and loved ones, who will bury him today, want The City to know its most recent murder victim was one of their own.

Monzon, 39, was not from a small town in the Central Valley — as authorities said following his unsolved fatal shooting in Norteño territory more than a week ago — and he was not a gang member. Instead, he was the victim of senseless violence, said those close to him.

“He was not the intended victim,” said Michell McKnight, 39, who calls herself Monzon’s “lifetime partner in love” and is the mother of his 14-year-old son. “He was not a part of whatever argument had happened.”

Monzon split his time between San Francisco and his parents’ home in Newman, according to his brother Donny, 40, who recalled the family growing up on Woodward Street near the Armory.

“He’s a native,” said Donny Monzon. “Loved the Niners and loved the Giants.”

Ronald Monzon, a towering man known as “Big Ron” who worked at an auto body shop and sported tattoos of the football and baseball teams, might have looked like a rough-and-tumble Mission gangbanger, but that was merely the exterior.

“He was a fun-loving guy, he wasn’t violent,” his brother said. “His look — you would think like he was some kind of thug on the street, but he was nothing like that. He was not a gang member; he did not fly colors.”

Growing up in the Mission, Ronald Monzon made friends with all types, including some who may have run with gangs, his family acknowledged.

“He got along with everybody,” McKnight said. “He was a big teddy bear.”

On the evening of March 9, Ronald Monzon had been out with friends, and he was waiting for them in his truck at 23rd and Shotwell streets while they went to a taqueria. About 7:20 p.m., Ronald Monzon was on the phone with his nephew, his brother said, when someone opened fire. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

There had been talk in the neighborhood about an argument at the restaurant between Monzon’s friends and another group.

“I just know my brother didn’t know what was going to happen,” Donny Monzon said. “And whatever beef his friends have, he wasn’t involved in it. He was an innocent bystander.”

Only an hour before the shooting, Ronald Monzon had phoned his son.

“The last words that his dad said to him were, ‘I love you son, I’ll see you on Sunday,’” McKnight said.

Police aren’t talking about a possible motive for the shooting, and they have only described the suspect as a light-skinned Hispanic male, about 6 feet tall with a “skinny, lanky build” who was last seen driving a “red, shiny vehicle.”

“Unfortunately, that’s everybody in the Mission,” Donny Monzon said. “It’s a start, though.”

A private funeral ceremony will take place today at Mission Dolores church.

aburack@sfexaminer.com

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