Newsom fears retaliation

The slaying of Terrell “Terray” Rogers, a man who became a beloved community figure and helped kids escape the dangerous path toward violence, has the mayor expressing concern that if police don’t find his killers soon, there may be a violent retaliation.

Mayor Gavin Newsom said after a news conference Monday that he feared “retaliation” in the slaying of Rogers, the 39-year-old father of two who was ambushed and killed Saturday night during the halftime of his daughter’s basketball game at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory.

Newsom said Rogers, the father of junior star basketball player Tierra Rogers, was familiar to him and that his death was a “perverse” way to die.

“We now suspect two young men in this slaying and we’re going to do everything we can to secure their apprehension and arrest,” Newsom said.

Lt. John Murphy of the SFPD homicide detail said police “have made some in roads” but no arrests as of yet.

Police are combing through surveillance footage from the parking lot of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, where Rogers was gunned down by two unidentified men who escaped on foot. Police are also reviewing “private camera footage” taken during the game.

A man who accompanied Rogers to the game and outside to the parking lot witnessed the shooting, Murphy said. He said that since the second man was unharmed, investigators are calling the slaying a targeted attack.

Family members say Rogers had a troubled period during his teens and early 20s, but his turnaround impressed people, including Newsom and former Mayor Willie Brown.

Aletha Rogers-Thompson, Rogers’ mother, said that at 15, Rogers moved from their apartment in Daly City to live with his grandmother at the San Francisco public housing complex formerly known as Double Rock. Once there, he made quick friends and gained a reputation as a local of the development, she said.

That experience would help in his mid-20s, family members say, when he stopped “running in the streets” and began working with community groups. He would later form a group called Peacemakers, which took in troubled youths to encourage similar turnarounds.

bbegin@examiner.com  

Examiner Staff Writer Dave Smith contributed to this report.

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