Stretch of Mission St. Where Saturday’s Fatal Shooting Took Place Troubled for Decades

Memorial on Sunday afternoon.

Memorial on Sunday afternoon.

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One day after 24-year-old Aldo Troncoso was murdered in a shooting at 17th and Mission streets, his friends returned Sunday to tend to his memorial of photographs, flowers, candles and empty beer bottles. Balloons tied to the pole bobbed in the wind.

His girlfriend, who declined to talk, wrapped her hand around the telephone pole where a new photo of her boyfriend had been taped. “We used to kick it all the time,” she said to the image of the young man who went by the name of Trigger. Nearby, friends hung close, moving the candles in front of the memorial into the formation of a cross.

“We didn’t kick it,” said one young man about the victim. “I would just see him in the streets, you know, and say, ‘What’s up, bro?’”

Up and down Mission between 17th and 16th streets, life went on Sunday as it has for decades. A mixture of families out for lunch or shopping and residents from the single-room occupancy hotels filled the sidewalks. One long-time resident said the stretch had not changed since he was a child, when along with nearby Capp Street it was known as the “Ho Stroll.”

“There’s a lot of gang banging, a lot of prostitution,” said one law enforcement official who asked not to be identified. “I’m not surprised that violence has popped up there. And then you have the hipsters coming around to the nightspots. There’s a lot of people looking for drugs, so that all works well together. It makes for a thriving community.”

Since the beginning of the year, some 64 crimes have been reported within 500 feet of 17th and Mission, including 19 assaults, 7 arrests for drug- and alcohol-related charges and four crimes involving weapons, according to the San Francisco Police Department’s crime maps. Saturday’s homicide was the first this year in the Mission District.

Earlier this month, on Feb. 7, two men in a green car drove by the intersection at 7:30 a.m. and shot a young man. He was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released. A shooting there on August 10 at 10 p.m. ended with three men injured.

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The street is considered Sureño territory, but criminal activity comes from elsewhere as well, said one long-time resident. “Some of the gang members do pimp some of the girls out there, and some of the gang members do sell drugs, and then you’ve got a big mix that shares turf.”

It’s unclear if Troncoso was a gang member, but he had some run-ins with the law as a minor, according to a source who asked not to be identified. His last incident as a juvenile occurred in April 2005, when he was 17 years old.

An officer at Mission District Station said Saturday night that there will be a lot more undercover officers in the area for the next few weeks. One source who used to work in community violence said that a whole system to prevent more violence kicks in when something like this happens. “The thing you want to do is prevent retaliation, and help the family,” he said.

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26 Comments

  1. $ukka free

    hahaha $krap

  2. michael

    shoot…what’s ignorant? the dude was a banger and he died a banger. his homies probably bragging about how hard he was. telling war story. he probably did wrong to people himself. if he didn’t want to die he shouldn’t have banged. and if he didn’t want to die in the mission he should have take his scrap ass back to SOCAL.

  3. dimplez415

    you know what i think your moded cuz i don’t think he was a scrap. your comments seem so stereo typical and ignorant

  4. dimplez415

    i was around there yesterday and some of the homies were wearing giants gear and i know scraps don’t be wearing giants gear. that’s why i say that incase you were wondering

    • TRU MISION REZ

      FOR REAL, YOU SURE YOUR NICKNAME’S NOT SPELLED WITH AN S @ THE END INSTEAD OF A Z?, LMAO, SO I GUESS 19TH STREET WRITTEN ON HIS MEMORIAL AND BLU RAGS WERENT A BIG ENOUGH HINT, LMAO, STAFF CHECK BS COMMENTS AND STOP THEM FROM BEING POSTED, I RESPECT FREEDOM OF SPEECH, BUT DAMN, GARBAGE SHOULD NOT BE POSTED.

    • Real Mi$$ioNero

      Well if you kick it with $krapz then be ready for the consequences

  5. SCUM

    There was a bunch of the idiots gathered there last night around 8 and a fight broke out and a shit load of cops showed up and had some dudes in cuffs. I wish they would just hurry up and wipe each other out.

  6. marco

    His nickname was “trigger” — ‘nuf said.

  7. michael

    he wasn’t a scrap?? are you sure??

    SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco medical examiner’s office has identified a man fatally shot in the city’s Mission District Saturday morning as 24-year-old Aldo Troncoso.

    The shooting was reported at about 2:25 a.m. near the intersection of 17th and Mission streets, San Francisco police Sgt. Mike Andraychak said.

    Troncoso was taken to a hospital where he died at about 4 a.m., Andraychak said.

    A black SUV-type vehicle was seen leaving the scene of the shooting, but no arrests have been made and no other suspect information was immediately available, Andraychak said.

    A small memorial for the San Francisco resident was set up over the weekend at the location of the shooting. Candles, flowers, blue bandanas and a sign reading “RIP Aldo a.k.a. Trigger” were assembled near 17th and Mission streets.

    The Police Department’s gang task force was assisting homicide investigators with the case, he said.

  8. breae

    I think he was a skrap. The news today is that they laid blue rags. Either way, another ignorant skum killing his own people.

    • breae

      Also, couldn’t the friends and family post a picture of him smiling. Seriously, the pic of him flipping the finger just shows he wasn’t that of a person. I’m just judging by his character portrayal.

  9. T.C.

    His family and friends must be so proud that the make shift shrine erected in his honor shows a picture of him flipping off passers by with a taquito in his hand.

    STOOPID!

  10. T.C.

    This is a public forum so stupid comments and judgments are allowed.

    Yes, it sucks that he was gunned down and his family and loved ones are suffering a loss, but, keep in mind this man had obvious gang connections and most likely did some questionable stuff during his short life.

    I have some questions though- Why was he know as Trigger? Why is there a picture of him flipping the bird? Surely a better pic could have been posted?

  11. bob

    Gangsters killing other gangsters, oh well.

  12. jack

    “michael” and everyone else how about you all go to the memorial site and say all this to his friends and family that are hanging around?

    • T.C.

      Because we doubt it would be an intelligent conversation.

    • michael

      you’re not paying attention to what i’m writing are you? well, how’s this, why don’t YOU tell his friends and loving family to go put their guns down and stop the violence cause right now, in the mission IT’S ON LIKE DONKEY KONG. i suggest you keep your butt inside until it boils over. and in all honesty, i’ve told these kinds of people how i felt about their friends living and dying in sin. and you know what they do? they say, hey “F” it….he was a rider, he was down for his. gangster. see i have no empathy for him because this is what he is / was / and wanted to be.

  13. [[\to all suckas talking ....dont you guys have something better else to do and get a .... life and and stop being happy meals posted outside mcdonalds .....all you suckas dont know what respect for the dead means ...

  14. casssper

    the people offending this young man are probably ignorant hipsters and wannabe gangmembers trying to net bang. I just want to say just because of he is portrayed in this article by the writer himself is also being biased to the fact of only speaking about the street sense of Aldo. Why doesn’t he mention the good side of him? That he graduated high school, he was a working man and he was also attending college. I hate the fact how Latinos are only addicts or gang members in this media

  15. TRU MISION REZ

    2 DIMPLEZ415, LMAO, I HONESTLY DO NOT KNOW WHERE YOU’VE BEEN 4 THE LAST NUMBER OF YEARS, THAT “SURENOS” DONT WEAR GIANTS GEAR, I DONT KNOW HOW OLD YOU ARE, BUT, IF YOU’RE 27 AND OLDER, THEN IN THOSE DAYS THEY DIDNT WEAR GIANTS GEAR, NOW A DAYS, THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN TELL THE DIFFERENCE BTW A ENE AND A “SURENO” IS IF THEY THROW UP TURF AND ETC, CAUSE, CITY “SURENOS” DONT LOOK LIKE THE TYPICAL LOS ANGELES CHOLOS ANYMORE, THEY, LIKE ENE’s WEAR STYLISH GEAR, FADED CUTS AND LONG HAIR, IF YOU SO CALLED ENE’s WANT TO PLACE BLAME CAUSE OF THESE “SURENOS” OUT HERE, BLAME THE CENTRO AMERICANOS THAT JUMPED OUT THE MEXICANOS FROM BRYANT BACK IN THE DAY AND MADE THESE DUDES START 19TH STREET, A LOT OF YOU DONT WANT TO HEAR THE TRUTH, BUT THATS HOW IT IS, I WAS BORN AND RAISED ON THE 24TH STREET SIDE OF THIS NEIGHBORHOOD(CHICANO AND BORICUA MIX), NOT LIKE A LOT OF NON MISION DISTRICT RESIDENTS FROM THE EXCELSIOR, BERNAL HEIGHTS AND ETC THAT COME OVER AND JOIN MISION DISTRICT GANGS, ANYWAYS, BACK TO DUDE THAT GOT KILLED, DUDE WAS FROM 19TH STREET, HIS NICKNAME WAS TRIGGER, I DONT KNOW WHY PEOPLE STILL WANT TO SUGAR COAT BS AND SAY THAT HE WASNT, WHEN YOU LIVE THAT “THUG” LIFE, THATS HOW IT USUALLY ENDS, EITHER THAT WAY OR PRISON, I FEEL SORRY FOR HIS PARENTS, LIFE IS PRECIOUS AND LOSS OF LIFE IS TRAGIC REGARDLESS OF AFFILIATION AND ETC, ADVICE TO ALL “BANGERS”, DONT CRY WHEN YOU GET SHOT, JUMPED, STABBED, SENT TO YGC, 850 OR PRISON, YOU CHOSE THE LIFE, ACCEPT THE CONSEQUENCES, THIS GANG LIFE AINT FOR THE HALF WAY THUG/CROOKS, I WAS YOUNG AND IGNORANT ONCE, I RAN THESE SAME STREETS, BUT, EVERYTHING GETS OLD, IF NONE OF YOU WAKE UP TO REALITY, YOU’LL BE THE BLIND, LEADING THE BLIND AND BEFORE YOU TYPE ANYTHING, THINK IT THROUGH AND KNOW YOUR HISTORY, THAT GOES FOR DIMPLEZ415 AND EVERYONE ELSE THAT PUMPS OUT BS, INSTEAD OF TRUTH.

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