Bloody weekend brings San Francisco’s homicide count to 35 this year

After a bloody weekend, The City’s homicide count now stands at 35 so far this year, Officer Albie Esparza said Monday. That number includes the victim in a Thursday stabbing in Hayes Valley who later died at a hospital.

About 4:06 a.m., police discovered a male victim in the 200 block of Haight Street who had sustained a laceration to his neck and a stab wound to his chest.

The case was turned over to homicide detectives and little else is known about the victim or any possible suspects, Esparza said. It is unknown at this time what day the victim died, and a call to the Medical Examiner’s Office for the victim’s identity was not returned Monday.

More homicides also happened this past weekend.

About 2:45 a.m. Saturday morning, a man was shot and killed in the Excelsior neighborhood.

The victim was identified as 39-year-old San Francisco resident Orlando Ford. Witnesses told police they heard an argument and then gunfire.

Police arrived at Mission Street and Geneva Avenue and found Ford unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

On Saturday night about 8:24 p.m., a 25-year-old man was fatally stabbed during a fight with five unknown suspects. Isaac Cruz was reportedly involved in the fight with the suspects near O’Farrell and Larkin streets when one of the suspects stabbed him in the chest. Cruz, whose residence is unknown, died at a hospital.

Another stabbing happened earlier in the day very close to where the homicide occurred, and the victim in that incident remains hospitalized in critical condition.

The number of homicides in San Francisco to date is lower than the past two years, according to police data. By this time last year, there were 42 homicides. And in 2012, there were 63.

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