‘I just want justice for my mom,’ says daughter of Bayview homicide victim

Almost seven months after the fatal shooting of a mother in front of her children, the family of Maria Lourdes Soza spoke out about her death Tuesday and asked the public for answers.

“I just want to find the person whoever shot my mom,” said 14­-year-­old Brianna Soza, the eldest of three siblings. “I just want justice for my mom.”

Maria Lourdes Soza, 32, was struck by a stray bullet outside her Bayview home on Jan. 27. She was a bystander in a
drive­-by shooting near Ingalls Street and Revere Avenue that killed 38­-year­-old Donte Glenn and wounded one other woman.

Glenn was found several blocks away from the shooting inside a car. Glenn and the wounded woman showed up at a restaurant about 10 minutes after police responded to the shooting around 4 p.m. He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital but was pronounced dead.

Police only recently said the two deaths were connected.

Although Sgt. Chris Canning was tight-lipped about his investigation into the double homicide at Tuesday’s press conference, police on Sunday released surveillance footage that shows the suspect vehicle. The video footage, coupled with a ShotSpotter gunshot detection recording of gunfire at the intersection, helped police figure out what happened the afternoon of the shooting.

“There was a drive­-by shooting involving two vehicles,” Canning said. “There was a vehicle that two victims were shot in … There was a second vehicle that is this black Dodge pickup truck that I believe the shooters were in.”

Canning would not comment whether or not gunfire was exchanged between the vehicles, but said the wounded woman, whose identity hasn’t been released, was interviewed and was cooperative with police.

Maria Lourdes Soza’s daughter was not the only family member to speak at the press conference.

Jose Soza, Maria Lourdes Soza’s father, spoke through a translator when he asked for anyone with information to come forward.

“This has been a complete catastrophe for me and my family to have to endure,” Jose Soza said.

Tears began to well in Brianna Soza’s eyes as she recalled the moments of her mother’s death.

When she heard the booming of gunshots, she thought there’d been a car crash. “Then I saw my mother on the floor,” she said. “She was passed away.”

The homicides marked the eighth and ninth of 2015.

January was a bloody start to the year, ushered­ in by a quadruple homicide when four young men were shot and killed in Hayes Valley. The month ended when the severed body parts of Omar Shahwan, 58, were found in a suitcase and trash can in South of Market.

Since then, 20 more homicides have been reported in San Francisco.


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