Boy, 14, stabbed to death in the Mission

Rashawn Williams

Rashawn Williams

An arrest was made Wednesday in connection with the fatal stabbing of a 14-year-old boy on Tuesday in the Mission district, police said.

Police said they would not release the identification of the suspect because he is also a minor.

The incident occurred about 6:50 p.m. in front of a corner store in the 2900 block of Folsom Street, Officer Gordon Shyy said. The boy and a family member were inside the store, and the boy was stabbed when they walked out.

The boy was pronounced dead at San Francisco General Hospital.

On Wednesday, police were unable to release much information on the suspect, but various media reports allege it was another teenager that the victim had some kind of conflict with over a social media issue.

The Medical Examiner’s Office has not released the identification of the victim, but news reports said the victim’s family identified him as Rashawn Williams, a Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory student.

Sacred Heart's assistant principal for student life, Christine Buell, said the school community is mourning the loss of Rashawn this morning.

Buell said Rashawn attended orientation and then about seven days of his freshman year of high school before he was killed.

She said he had signed up to play on the school's freshman football team after entering the private Catholic school with a 4.0 GPA from Buena Vista Horace Mann K-8 school.

A prayer service will be held after school today for the school community and families, said Buell.

Michelle Forshner, communications director for Sacred Heart, said Rashawn was bright and motivated.

Forshner said that like most students at the school Rashawn was accepted into the competitive school based on his academic excellence.

Forshner said the school is waiting for more information about the homicide suspect and the motive for the killing.

So far, police have only said that a male suspect stabbed the teen.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact police at (415) 575-4444 or to text a tip to TIP411 with “SFPD” at the start of the message.

Bay City News contributed to this report.Bay Area NewsCrimeCrime & CourtsRashawn WilliamsSacred Heart Cathedral PreparatorySan Francisco Police Department

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