Death struck close to home Saturday for members of a San Francisco family who were getting ready to attend a funeral in Southern California when a pair of shootings killed two men on the same street in Bayview-Hunters Point.
Allan Cortez, 24, was gunned down outside the house where his single mother raised him and two younger siblings on La Salle Avenue and Newhall Street in the first shooting at around 2:18 a.m., according to police and a family member who identified Cortez as the victim.
Just 18 hours later, a 49-year-old man whose name has not been released by the Medical Examiner’s Office was shot and killed near the same intersection.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The victim in the second homicide was identified on Tuesday as Gabriel Powell, 40.
“We want to know what happened,” said the relative, who requested anonymity out of fear of retaliation. “There’s so many unsolved murders in San Francisco and it shouldn’t be like that for him and the other guy.”
The deaths marked the third and fourth killings of the year in The City. Police have released few details in the cases but said two other men also suffered gunshot wounds in the shootings.
“It is unknown right now if they are connected,” Officer Adam Lobsinger, a San Francisco police spokesperson said of the two double shootings. “It’s still early and active in the investigation.”
Cortez is remembered as a quiet and humble man who played soccer with a league in San Francisco and worked in construction to help support his mother, 17-year-old brother and three-year-old sister.
“Allan was loved by many and he was very well known throughout high school and his soccer career,” the relative said. “He shouldn’t just be another unnamed bullet. He’s a real person, and I understand in that neighborhood, it’s known for that kind of stuff, but not Allan. Not him.”
Cortez graduated from Phillip and Sala Burton High School in The City.
A GoFundMe page has raised more than $1,500 for his funeral expenses.
Police had not made arrests in either homicide as of Monday.
The 21-year-old man shot alongside Cortez was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the torso considered life-threatening.
Police described the suspects in the case as three men in their 20s.
A 27-year-old man was struck in the wrist alongside the second homicide victim and is expected to survive.
The suspect in that case is described only as a man.