Family and friends of Joseph “Jungle” Taeotui, a gun violence-prevention worker who was shot on Aug. 13, 2018, rally at City Hall to demand justice in his killing on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

SFPD offers $25K reward for information in killing of anti-violence worker

A $25,000 reward has been announced for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the slaying of a beloved anti-violence worker who was shot and killed outside his home in Bayview-Hunters Point last year.

Joseph “Jungle” Taeotui, 43, died at the hospital more than a week after being shot in broad daylight on Aug. 10 while walking to his car on Kiska Road. Taeotui was a city employee with the Street Violence Intervention Program and the father of a two-year-old girl.

Police arrested a suspect in his killing in late January, but prosecutors declined to formally charge 22-year-old Antione Waller with murder in the case, citing the need for further investigation.

The charging decision prompted Taeotui’s family and friends to rally outside City Hall in February to demand justice. Then last Friday, the San Francisco Police Department issued a crime bulletin announcing the reward.

The bulletin said no witnesses have come forward in the case.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sgt. Barry Parker of the Homicide Detail at 415-553-9481.

Taeotui’s killing marked the 32nd homicide of the year in San Francisco in 2018. In all, 46 homicides were reported last year.

mbarba@sfexaminer.com

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