Homeless man killed near Park Police Station

Investigators searched for clues outside a police station near Kezar Stadium on Saturday where a homeless man was murdered where he slept.

The victim was a white male in his 50s who was assaulted in the area, according to the head of the homicide unit, San Francisco police Lt. Mike Stasko, who declined further comment.

It was the 34th homicide of the year in San Francisco. In 2009 there were 32 homicides by this same time of year.

Police patrolled the Haight Ashbury area and Golden Gate Park on Saturday morning to glean information from other known transients, but no arrests were made. 

Though homeless people have repeatedly been offered services and punished with citations for the past two years for camping in or around Golden Gate Park, dozens have ignored both. The issue has vexed city officials who have worked to remove the encampments since Mayor Gavin Newsom made it a priority in 2007.

It was one of the Golden Gate Park officers on a daily patrol through known campgrounds that found the body of the man up against the fence of Kezar Stadium, less than 100 feet from Park Police Station about 7:30 a.m.

In November, an Examiner reporter accompanied police on their daily search of homeless campers. At the time, police said they give out citations mere footsteps away from Park Station on a daily basis but a handful of hardcore homeless would not leave.

On Saturday, investigators combed the heavy brush as children watched from Kezar Stadium, where an organized youth football tournament was being played.

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