Mayor’s Office reiterates reward in 2005 slaying

The father of Brian Márquez — the 21-year-old tattoo artist who was shot and killed in San Francisco in 2005 — says he has been “living a dead life” without his son during the last five years.

Márquez was gunned down near the corner of 24th and Alabama streets around 9 p.m., police said. Cops are still searching for his killer.

On Friday, which marked the five-year anniversary of Márquez’s death, the Mayor’s Office reminded city residents that a $250,000 reward is available for anyone who can provide information that would lead to the arrest and prosecution of the thugs responsible for the murder.

City officials have acknowledged in past years that six-digit monetary incentives have done little to encourage folks to offer information on murder cases. Four years after Marquez’s murder, the $250,000 reward had not compelled a single witness to come forward — including the bystander whose arms Marquez died in.

But Marquez’s family and The City are holding out hope. The family held a vigil Friday to honor the anniversary of Marquez’s death.

“I vividly remember the pain his mother went through when he was born, although nothing compares to the pain I live since the day he was killed in such a cowardly way,” Márquez’s father stated on a website memorial to his son.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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