An Altar Goes Up at 17th and Mission for Victim

Memorial for Aldo, AKA Trigger. Photo by Octavio Lopez Raygoza

Police said today that the 24-year-old victim in the early-morning shooting Saturday at 17th and Mission streets died from gunshot wounds two hours later at San Francisco General Hospital.

By noon today, friends and family had erected a memorial to the victim, Aldo, known as Trigger. No one knew, or would give, his last name.

Sage burned and a dozen candles guarded the victim’s image: the face of a handsome young man smiling and throwing a finger, seemingly in jest. A few flowers decorated the altar on the northwest corner of Mission Street.

“He was just a real good person,” said one friend. Another added, “Basically, he was like everyone else.”

The incident took place at around 2 a.m. When police arrived on the scene, the victim was lying in the middle of the street. He was still alive, and was taken to the hospital, where he died at around 4:30 a.m., said Sgt. Michael Andraychak.

One witness told police he saw a black SUV leaving the scene.

Friends said the victim was very young, maybe 22 or 23 years old. “He was just a normal guy,” said a third young man at the memorial, where most of the visitors declined to talk. “Everyone is still in shock.”

The gang task force has been brought into the investigation, but so far there are no suspects and no one knows if the shooting was gang-related.

Sgt. Andraychak said police do not think there is any connection between the shooting and a stabbing at 1:50 a.m. Saturday morning at 16th and Mission.

The 17th Street corner of Mission has seen several incidents in the last year, including a drive-by shooting on Feb. 7 at the same spot. There was also a triple shooting in August of 2010.

The SFPD’s anonymous tip line is 415-575-4444.

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12 Comments

  1. Linda

    He died. Update the story.

  2. dogwalker

    This is deeply troubling; it almost my front door (again!). A young guy is dead and it’s a tragic waste and it’s only steps away from my home. In so many ways this area is great and at the same time, more murders have happened here in the last few months than the rest of the City combined. Seems like a gang on gang thing given the bandana colors on the memorial; how do you address that if you live here? I guess we try to stay out of the crossfire and not accidently wear the wrong colors. BTW, anyone know what colors not to wear?

    • orlie

      In reply to “what colors not to wear”. I am a former gangbanger. I say wear what ever your little heart desires. I do now, and it is so liberating being that I would only wear a couple of colors before. If you really want to get technical, blue is the mission district 22nd to 16th, and the tenderloin also. Red is for 24th to army(ceasar chavez). Keep in mind that this a latino thing,but just as anywhere,innocent people often pay the ultimate price because they’re wearing the wrong color in the wrong neighborhood.

      • TRU MISION REZ

        ACTUALLY THE SURENO “SIDE” AND NORTENO SIDE DONT HAVE A DIVISION, THERE’S A NORTENO GANG ON 21ST AND ALABAMA, 22ND IS NOT SURENO TURF, IT STARTS ON 2OTH, THE UPPER SIDE OF MISION STREET FROM PART OF 21ST ALL THE WAY TO THE DALY CITY CITY SIDE OF MISION STREET, IS ALL NORTENO TERRITORY, FROM ALL THE NORTENO MISION GANGS, TO 30TH STREET GANG FROM BERNAL HEIGHTS, TO E-MOB FROM THE EXCELSIOR AND ALL THE DALY CITY GANGS

  3. Willie McCovey

    You all have a gang war happening in your area. X4 on X3. Get out there and report it, and follow up on the Potrero Hill shooting as well, it’s likely to be related.

    This has been brewing since the fall and now bodies are dropping. Stop treating your crime reporting like an afterthought and put bodies on this.

    Here’s an important question: isn’t this the sort of crime that Norteno injunction put down on the southern part of the Mission supposed to cure? How do things look a few years on? Ask deeper questions, look at the attempts to quash this sort of violence, and see what happened to the folks named in that injunction.

    Aldo was Sur. If he wasn’t validated, he sure as hell associated with Trece folk. Probably why he got shot. Ask some serious questions of SFPD’s GTF and residents – all it will take is a week or two off from restaurant reviews…

  4. T.C.

    “Sage burned and a dozen candles guarded the victim’s image: the face of a handsome young man smiling and throwing a finger, seemingly in jest”

    Wrong.

    In the flip-a-bird pic he isn’t smiling.

    Might want to re re-write.

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