Prayer Service This Morning for Jose Matias-Aguilon

Father Daniel Nascimento (right) and Julio Escobar, Coordinator of Restorative Justice Programs for the Archdiocese of San Francisco pray at a memorial service for homicide victim Jose Matias-Aguilon on Monday, November 5.

Father Daniel Nascimento (right) and Julio Escobar, Coordinator of Restorative Justice Programs for the Archdiocese of San Francisco pray at a memorial service for homicide victim Jose Matias-Aguilon on Monday, November 5.

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A small prayer service was held this morning by the Archdiocese of San Francisco to honor Jose Matias-Aguilon, who was shot to death last week. Julio Escobar, coordinator of restorative justice programs for the archdiocese, and Father Daniel Nascimento prayed and sang.

“We want to create awareness in the community that life is precious and should not be taken for granted,” Escobar said. “We should be able to walk the streets anytime without fear.”

Escobar says he is organizing prayer services for victims of all homicides that fall within the archdiocese’s jurisdiction. They pray at the locations of the crimes, he says, no matter the victim’s religion.

Two bouquets of flowers — one fake, one real — are taped to a tree on 20th Street just east of South Van Ness Avenue. Below, a handful of candles burn close to where the 28-year-old Matias-Aguilon died after being shot around midnight on Tuesday, Oct. 30.

Police apprehended two suspects following the shooting. Sterling Samm, 20, and a 14-year-old boy were arrested on murder charges, according to police.

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