Attorney Marla Zamora. (PHOTO BY JOSH EDELSON)

Attorney Marla Zamora. (PHOTO BY JOSH EDELSON)

Police arrest suspect in murder of longtime SF public defender

Police have arrested a suspect in the fatal stabbing late Friday morning of a former attorney for the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office.

Marla Zamora, 67, who worked in the office for nearly 30 years, was found in the 400 block of Arkansas Street just before 11 a.m. suffering from stab wounds, police said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Angelo Zamora, 19, was arrested at 11:03 a.m. Friday by San Francisco police and is in sheriff’s custody at San Francisco General Hospital, Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Eileen Hirst said.

Hirst could not confirm whether Angelo is a relative of Marla.

Public Defender Jeff Adachi said Marla Zamora had “a heart of gold” and was a “fearless advocate” for her clients. Among the notable clients she defended was Edwin Ramos, who was convicted in 2012 of murdering a father and two of his sons in an afternoon shooting in the Excelsior District in 2008.

“She was also a mentor to so many young lawyers,” Adachi said. “Our entire office is in shock and we miss Marla dearly. Our hearts go out to her daughter and family.”

Bay City News Service contributed to this report.CrimeHomicideMarla ZamoraPublic Defender's OfficeSFPD

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