Western Addition murder anniversary a tragic reminder for one mother of her son’s unsolved killing

Aubrey Abrakasa has been dead for nine years. The 17-year-old was gunned down on the corner of Baker and Grove streets on Aug. 14, 2006.

The crime remains unsolved. But his death has not been forgotten. His mother, Paulette Brown makes sure of this.

Every week she shows up at the police commission, often towing an enlarged photo of her son, and tells whoever is there about the killing of her son and that no one has been punished for the crime.

Brown always displays images of her son’s body after his death and then names the men she says killed him — men that she contends everyone knew killed Abrakasa.

On Friday she was out in the Western Addition neighborhood where her son was killed. On the anniversary of the shooting Friday, she stood handing our flyers in an effort to get someone to come forward about the crime.

Police have asked that anyone with information about the crime call the department’s anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444.


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