S.F. set to top ’06 homicide count

Two homicides Wednesday followed a bloody holiday weekend and brought The City’s murder count to 81, just shy of the 2006 total of 85.

A white male was discovered dead in Golden Gate Park with multiple stab wounds Wednesday morning just 12 hours after another man had been shot multiple times in the head near Monster Park, according to police.

At approximately 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, a woman walking herdog near the polo fields in Golden Gate Park discovered the body of a male who had been stabbed multiple times, Gittens said. The victim was dead on arrival, and it was unknown whether the victim died specifically because of the stab wounds, Gittens said. The incident is being investigated as a homicide, he added.

Twelve hours earlier, at 9:24 p.m., police officers responded to a call of multiple shots fired at Ingerson Avenue and Giants Drive, which is next to Monster Park.

When police arrived, they found a dead male victim with multiple gunshot wounds to his head, Gittens said. There was “no reason whatsoever” to say the incident was related to a series of killings during Labor Day weekend, he added.

On Monday afternoon, 26-year-old David Sterling was shot to death on a Visitacion Valley street. That morning, police found 22-year-old John Daniel Schirra fatally stabbed in the Ocean View neighborhood.

In separate incidents Sunday, 32-year-old Byron Smith was gunned down near Cow Palace and 35-year-old Dejohn Maybon was fatally shot outside a Bayview motel. On Friday, the bodies of Robert Peplies, 45, and Linda Almanza, 31, were discovered stabbed to death in an Ingleside Heights home.

Gabriel Bautista, 22, was bludgeoned under Highway 101 at Bayshore Boulevard Aug. 30 and died Sept. 1.

Examiner Staff Writer Tamara Barak contributed to this report.

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