Hells Angels from across the United States and as far away as British Columbia and Italy roared into Daly City on Sunday afternoon for the wake of a West Coast leader.
Mark “Papa” Guardado, the 46-year-old president of the motorcycle club’s San Francisco chapter, was gunned down Sept. 2 in the Mission district. On Tuesday, police issued an arrest warrant for Christopher Ablett, his suspected killer. Ablett, 35, a member of the rival Mongols motorcycle club, has not been found despite a raid on his Modesto home. Guardado was one of nine homicide victims in The City in the past three weeks.
Police expect Guardado’s funeral at 10 a.m. Monday to attract as many as 3,000 mourners to Duggan’s Serra Mortuary in Daly City. Hells Angels members are expected to ride back to their clubhouse in a funeral procession, then travel to the Peninsula town of Colma for a 2 p.m. burial at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park.
San Francisco police have set up a mobile command center at 20th Street and South Van Ness Avenue to help deal with the added police presence. Colma and Daly City police will also be out in full force.
“We’re going to make sure there’s adequate protection for everybody, those that are participating peacefully and there to mourn the loss of someone they admire, and those that are there innocently and don’t want to get caught up in something that may go wrong,” San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom said.
At Sunday’s wake, Daly City police provided escorts for hundreds of Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Mourners, many in “R.I.P. Papa” shirts, hugged in the funeral home parking lot. A vigil followed at 7 p.m. Despite the subdued crowd, police on motorcycles, in trucks and in patrol cars continuously circled the block during Guardado’s wake.
Guardado, a San Francisco native, grew up in the Ingleside district. He was the father of five children, ranging in age from 4 to 22, according to his family.
Tania Guardado said her brother was one of three children born to immigrants from El Salvador.
“He was a great guy, extremely family oriented. He had a lot of people who cared about him,” his sister said.
Staff Writer Brent Begin contributed to this report.
Force at the funeral
The San Francisco and Daly City police departments, as well as California Highway Patrol, are expected to beef up patrol for the funeral of slain Hells Angels leader Mark “Papa” Guardado.
WHEN: Funeral at 10 a.m. today; burial at 2 p.m.
WHERE: Funeral at Duggan’s Serra Mortuary, Daly City; burial at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park in Colma
WHO: 3,000 expected mourners from across the world