A San Francisco father Thursday marked the third anniversary of the unsolved slaying of his 20-year-old son with the announcement of a new $250,000 reward posted by the city.
The parents and siblings of Brian Marquez, shot dead outside a grocery in the city's Mission District on Labor Day weekend in 2005, are hoping that anyone who may have seen the killing will come forward.
Marquez's father Luis, who officials said has been tirelessly leafleting Excelsior and Mission district neighborhoods since his son's death, unveiled a giant billboard on Mission Street in the Excelsior District, offering $250,000 from the city for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Brian Marquez's killer.
“We never really had much in the way of leads,” said San Francisco police homicide Inspector Dennis Maffei, who is handling the case. “This event is really testimony to a father's never-ending love for his child,” he said.
According to Maffei, on Sept. 3, 2005, Marquez had just come out of a market at 24th and Alabama streets, having left a party across the street, when a young man in his late teens or early 20s confronted him and shot him.
No words were exchanged, and the motive for the killing is not known, Maffei said.
“It doesn't appear that it was a robbery … we don't know, to be honest,” said Maffei.
The reward “might spur that one person who was there that night to make a phone call” to police, he said.
The police department's anonymous tip line is (415) 575-4444.
Marquez' older sister Norma said Brian was an art major at the City College of San Francisco and an aspiring tattoo artist.
She said she believes Marquez had been targeted by a group of people who knew him, and knew he was going to the party that night.
Someone called him at the party and he told people he was “going to meet some friends outside,” she said.
“They had to have been expecting him,” she said, adding that she thinks the suspects may still live in the Mission and Excelsior communities.
More information can be found at www.brianmarquez.org.