(S.F. Examiner)

UPDATE: Public Works employee shot dead while removing graffiti ID’d as father of two

A San Francisco Public Works employee was shot and killed Tuesday morning as he cleaned graffiti near San Francisco General Hospital.

The victim has been identified by the Department of Public Works as 27-year-old Jermaine Jackson, Jr. The shooting happened at 8 a.m. near the intersection of 25th and Vermont streets.

Jackson was a father of two children — ages 3 and 8 — and had worked for The City since 2015.

“This morning, one of our valued employees, Jermaine Jackson, Jr., was shot and killed while working on a Public Works graffiti crew in the Mission District, near Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital,” Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru said in a statement.

Jackson had been a laborer apprentice with DPW since March 2015 and was set to graduate in 2017. Nuru said Jackson came to Public Words after participating in Mayor Ed Lee’s anti-violence program.

Nuru also said Jackson was hard-working and well-liked in the organization, in which several of his relatives worked as well.

Meanwhile, Mayor Ed Lee has extended his condolences to Jackson’s family and ordered city flags to be lowered to half-staff until sunset on Thursday in his honor.

“This was a young man who worked very hard to build a good life for himself and his children, and was committed to his work keeping the city of San Francisco and our neighborhoods clean. This is a tragic instance of a life cut short,” Lee said in a statement.

Jackson was pronounced dead at the hospital soon after the shooting.

Police have since released few details about the killing other then the time and location.

No suspects have been arrested and San Francisco’s police homicide detail is investigating the killing.

Jackson’s death marks The City’s 50th homicide this year.

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