Six deaths from violence mark especially bloody weekend in SF

Five victims were killed in San Francisco since Friday and another person died over the weekend from gunshot wounds sustained in June, marking an especially bloody weekend for The City, according to law enforcement officials.

In all, four people were shot dead and a fifth person was stabbed to death. A number of others were wounded separate violent incidents as well.

“It was a very busy weekend regarding the homicides,” police spokesperson Officer Giselle Talkoff said Monday. “It’s been a long time since something like this has happened.”

Still, Talkoff said none of the the weekend killings appear connected at this point.

Friday

The violence began Friday morning when a 24-year-old man was shot and killed near the intersection of Polk and Ellis streets in the Tenderloin, according to police.

That victim was identified by the Medical Examiner’s Office as Mitchell Warren.

No arrests have been made in the case.

Friday also ended with the killing of a 43-year-old man near Bernal Heights, according to police.

According to the Medical Examiner’s Office, Demetrius Jones was shot near the 900 block of Ellsworth Street at 8:15 p.m. and died later that night at a nearby hospital.

No one has been arrested in relation to that killing.

Saturday

Saturday afternoon’s homicide victims both died within minutes of each another, one in the Mission and another in Visitacion Valley.

According to the Medical Examiner’s Office, Giovanni Hernandez was shot around 4 p.m. near 26 Burr Ave. in Visitacion Valley on Saturday. He died at 4:36 p.m. at San Francisco General Hospital.

Hernandez was a 36-year-old San Francisco resident. No arrests have been made in the case.

That same afternoon, Fidel Amezcua died from wounds inflicted June 26th, according to the Medical Examiner’s Office. Amezcua was shot in June at Shotwell and 24th streets.

The 29-year-old was a San Francisco resident. No one has been arrested in connection to his killing.

Sunday

Sunday saw two victims killed as well, according to police.

On Sunday morning, Stockton resident John Sanyalou was shot to death at Sixth and Bryant streets. Along with two others, Sanyalou was shot at 2:29 a.m. The others victims, both in their late 20s, survived.

All three were shot with a handgun and taken to a hospital where the 26-year-old died at 4:30 p.m.

Later that day, a woman in her 60s was stabbed to death Sunday afternoon in Lower Pacific Heights. The incident occurred near the intersection of California and Pierce streets at around 4:45 p.m. That victim’s identity has not been released by the Medical Examiner’s Office.

Another death that is considered suspicious occurred Sunday near San Francisco State University at 4:20 a.m. The incident happened at the first block of Chumasero Drive.

According to the Medical Examiner’s Office, Salinas resident Jacob Estrada, 23, was pronounced dead in relation to that incident.

The weekend’s violence brought the total number of homicides in The City so far this year to 41. By the end of 2015, there had been 52.

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Jonah Owen Lamb

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