Two men accused of fatally shooting a 25-year-old local rapper in the Mission District appeared in court Tuesday for the first time on charges including murder and participation in a criminal street gang.
Joe Nunez-Dosangos, 27, and Reno Ramos, 20, allegedly shot and killed San Francisco resident Tony Patton Jr. in the early morning of Oct. 8 near 19th Street and South Van Ness Avenue, according to authorities.
Nunez-Dosangos and Ramos were in orange jail garb and handcuffs when deputies escorted them into the Hall of Justice courtroom Tuesday afternoon as Patton’s family watched from the gallery.
Both men were scheduled to enter pleas, but Judge Braden Woods delayed the hearing until Thursday so defense attorneys could review the case. Woods ordered them to be held without bail pending arraignment.
Outside the courtroom, Patton’s family said he was a rapper who grew up in Bayview and on the Peninsula. Anna Green, his aunt, said Patton was the first of some 80 members in their family to die of violence.
“He was a good kid,” Green said. “He was producing music.”
Police arrested Nunez-Dosangos and Ramos last Thursday night near 20th and Mission streets. The District Attorney’s Office charged them Tuesday with three felony counts of murder, participation in a criminal street gang and assault with a semiautomatic firearm, according to court records.
Nunez-Dosangos is also charged with second-degree robbery stemming from an unrelated incident in which he allegedly used a gun in July.
All of the charges carry gang enhancements.
Prosecutors filed further details about the killing under seal.
The killing marked the 38th reported homicide of the year in San Francisco.