Slain man’s kin making new appeal for witnesses 

click to enlarge The family of Ernesto Acosta seeks the public’s help in finding his killer. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • The family of Ernesto Acosta seeks the public’s help in finding his killer.

The family of Ernesto Xe Acosta, the man fatally shot earlier this year near the intersection of Hayes and Webster streets, is still hoping someone will come forward with information about the killing. And they would like to clarify an important detail about the Feb. 10 incident.

Previously, The San Francisco Examiner reported that the bands Odd Owl and the Foxtails played at Yoshi’s that night. While that was the case, their shows happened long after the early morning killing. The event attended by people who possibly witnessed the getaway car associated with Acosta’s killing began Feb. 9 and was a birthday party for LaRon Mayfield, the brother of San Francisco boxing champ Karim Mayfield, according to Acosta’s sister Franxesca Acosta Karst. The event featured rapper The Game as the headlining act.

Acosta, 23, was killed about 2 a.m. by an unknown gunman riding in what police believe was a white Lexus ES 350. Police have released video of the vehicle along with footage from a taxicab camera that they believe shows Acosta crossing the street after being shot, just before collapsing.

Police also are interested in interviewing anyone who was at the birthday party event at Yoshi’s, which is six blocks away from where Acosta was shot.

Yoshi’s calendar for February shows that the birthday party event started Feb. 9 and ended about 2 a.m. Feb. 10, right around the time Acosta was killed.

Police and Acosta’s family believe someone who attended that event may know something about the shooting or may at least have seen the suspect vehicle, Acosta Karst said.

Anyone with information on the case should contact police at (415) 553-1145, or the anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444. Tips also can be texted to TIP411; begin the message with “SFPD.”

rnagle@sfexaminer.com

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