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SF police extradite man from Las Vegas in killing of 65-year-old bystander

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Police investigate the scene where three people were shot in San Francisco’s Oceanview neighborhood on March 29, 2017. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco police extradited a homicide suspect from Las Vegas on Monday in connection with the killing of a 65-year-old woman struck by a stray bullet during a triple shooting in the Oceanview neighborhood last year.

Jail records show Kevin Kese, 25, is being held at County Jail without bail on suspicion of murder, two counts of attempted murder and conspiracy more than a year after the slaying of Lian Xiu Wu on March 29, 2017.

Officer Robert Rueca, a police spokesperson, confirmed Tuesday that Kese is a suspect in the daytime shooting at Broad Street and Plymouth Avenue. The killing was the third homicide at that intersection in six months.

Supervisor Ahsha Safai, who represents the area on the Board of Supervisors, told the San Francisco Examiner at the time that the shooting may have been linked to a feud between the Oceanview and Sunnyvale neighborhoods.

The news comes as another man accused of killing Wu was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday for a preliminary hearing.

Jonathan Santos, 25, pleaded not guilty to a murder charge, three counts of attempted murder and five counts of assault with a semi-automatic firearm. Santos is being held on $2 million bail.

Santos was initially arrested on suspicion of homicide but released with the District Attorney’s Office citing the need for further investigation. Prosecutors later charged Santos in September 2017.

A spokesperson for the District Attorney’s Office could not immediately confirm whether prosecutors have charged Kese.

After the killing, family members said in an online fundraiser that Wu was walking to a bus stop when a bullet struck her. Wu moved to San Francisco from China 16 years before the shooting to care for family in The City.

“She was like a second mom to all her nieces and nephews and cared selflessly for our grandfather,” nephew Denny Truong said on the GoFundMe page. “She was caring, generous and a well-loved family member who will be greatly missed.”

Two men shot alongside Wu survived the incident.


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