Bernal Heights town hall meeting scheduled after homicide victim found in park

The San Francisco Police Department will hold a town hall meeting in Bernal Heights tonight to reassure neighbors after a jogger found the body of a homicide victim in a park early Thursday morning.

“It’s really to calm the neighbors,” said Ingleside Station Lt. Alvin Yee about the meeting scheduled at 515 Cortland St. at 6 p.m. “A lot of people are probably edgy.”

Giovanny Alvarez’s body was found by a jogger at about 5:30 a.m. Thursday in Bernal Heights Park. The jogger called police and responding officers found Alvarez on the ground suffering from wounds just inside the Anderson Street gate. He died from his wounds at the scene.

Police do not believe Alvarez was killed in the park but rather that his body was left there, said Yee.

Yee said town hall-type meetings are normally only held after police shootings, and not after a homicide, but the department wants people to know it is safe inside the park.

The killing marked The City’s 25th homicide of the year, which has a total of 27 to date. As of Tuesday no one had been arrested in the case.

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