For the second time in a week, a father has been gunned down on The City’s streets.
A neighbor found William “Juju” Amrull shot to death near Holly Park, at Holly Park Circle and Newman Street, about 3 a.m. Thursday.
His family, which includes three sons and two daughters, said nothing appeared to be taken from him. His wallet was still in his pocket.
Amrull, 50, was known throughout the southern Bernal Heights neighborhood as a gentle, soft-spoken man who would repair cars for a little extra cash in front of the house where he lived with his mother and uncle. The short man with a thick handlebar mustache was a fixture for many in the community — including the mailman, who would occasionally help Amrull decipher his bills.
His family said it wasn’t uncommon for Amrull to take long walks around the neighborhood at strange hours of the night. He was a quiet man who left behind children ages 15 to 30.
“He would hardly ever talk,” said his niece, Ashley Amrull, who was mourning with family members at the home Thursday. “But when he talked, he talked for days.”
The slaying was the second time within one week’s time that a father was shot to death within the boundaries of the Ingleside Police Station. On Sunday, a father and two of his four children were killed in what police called a random shooting over a traffic dispute in the Excelsior district.
At a special Police Commission meeting located at the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center on Wednesday night, residents were positive about police but pushing for more officers, according to commission secretary Lt. Joe Reilly.
Amrull was shot only blocks away from the meeting hours after it ended. For his family, consolation comes in knowing “he is with his grandmother now.”
The killing brings The City’s homicide tally for 2008 to 52. At the same time in 2007, when The City recorded at decade-high 98 homicides, there were 47 homicides.