“Big” Mike Lefiti is honored with a shrine in a Diamond Heights shopping center on Wednesday evening. Lefiti is believed to be one of the victims in a mass shooting at a UPS warehouse in Potrero Hill. (Jonah Owen Lamb/S.F. Examiner)

UPS shooting victim ‘Big’ Mike Lefiti remembered in Diamond Heights shrine

A small group of people, some weeping and others reminiscing, surrounded a makeshift memorial in a Diamond Heights shopping center Wednesday evening. Balloons, bouquets and several photos had been set against a fence for one of the victims of a mass shooting that left four dead, including the shooter, at a UPS warehouse in Potrero Hill.

Authorities have yet to release the names of the three victims killed during the mass shooting Wednesday morning at the packaging facility at 320 San Bruno Ave. Those victims were fatally shot before the suspect in the shooting turned the gun on himself, police said.

The suspect was later identified by police as Jimmy Lam, 38, of San Francisco.

SEE RELATED: Four dead, including suspect, in shooting at UPS facility in Potrero Hill

But people at the memorial believed one of the victims was Mike Lefiti, who worked for UPS and frequented the area in that capacity.

“As all of you have heard, we lost one of our own today. Mike Lefiti, our beloved UPS driver, was one of the fatalities at this morning’s shootings,” read a sign attached to the fence. “‘Big’ Mike was large in size. But his laughter, concern for others, and dedication to those he loved were all much, much larger. Larger than life.”

Lisa Medina, who lives in the neighborhood, remember him as a man who was always in good spirits.
“He was my UPS man. He brought my mail to me,” she said.

He was known as “Big” Mike to people in the area, she said through tears.

Yvettte Rodriguez, who works at the post office, knew Lefiti because he often dropped off packages.
“He always came in with a big smile and just brightened up the whole room,” she said. She found out and was shocked that Lefiti was one of the victims. “When I saw it, I didn’t believe it.”

As people passed, someone stopped in shock as they recognized Lefiti’s photo. “This wasn’t ‘Big’ Mike, was it?” one woman asked before she began to cry.

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