Stabbing is city’s 88th homicide in ’07

Just blocks from Ocean Beach and on the edge of Golden Gate Park, a man who had been stabbed was found dead in the Outer Richmond by San Francisco police officers.

The incident marks yet another increase in The City’s death tally that potentially could make 2007 the deadliest year in The City since 1995, when 104 people were killed.

At 2:55 a.m., police received multiple calls from neighbors in the area of Fulton and 47th streets reporting a man screaming and yelling, Sgt. Neville Gittens said.

When police responded to the area, they found a 29-year-old white man dead at the intersection, Gittens said. He had at least one fatal stab wound.

Police are investigating, but there are no suspects at this time, Gittens said.

The man’s identity or where he lived had yet to be released by the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office.

Officials said it appeared the man was homeless.

The Outer Richmond district incident happened approximately five weeks after a homeless man was found stabbed to death Sept. 5 in the park just south of the Polo Field — roughly a mile away from the 47th and Fulton intersection. That man has been identified, but no family has been found so his name has not been released by the medical examiner’s office.

Tuesday morning’s gruesome discovery is the first since last Wednesday night, when Pepefou Faalogoifo, a 38-year-old Pacific Islander and Mission district resident, was gunned down at 25th and Folsom streets.

Tuesday’s slaying is the 88th homicide in The City this year, according to the San Francisco Police Department. Three cases previouslyconsidered homicides were recently determined to be a murder-suicide, a suspicious death and a justified homicide in self-defense.

Starting in 2004, the annual homicide totals in The City have increasingly been the worst since 104 homicides were recorded in 1995. The highest number since then was 96 homicides in 2005. In 2004, there were 88, according to data from the San Francisco Police Department.

dsmith@examiner.com

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