September 2009 near Papa Potrero's Pizza

It seems like every fall begins with a homicide, and 2009 was no different. That year, on Sunday, Sept. 20, there was a double homicide at Papa Potrero’s Pizza on 24th Street. From our coverage at the time:

In the Mission District’s third homicide this year, two people were killed in a Sunday afternoon shooting at Papa Potrero’s Pizza at 24th Street and Potrero Avenue. Police believe the shootings are gang related.

Both victims were shot in the restaurant, according to witnesses. One died in the hospital and another died on 24th Street between Hampshire and Potrero, according to witnesses.

Sgt. Wilfred Williams confirmed that two people had been shot and killed, and a third person sustained non-life threatening injuries and remains in the hospital. Read more here.

The victims were later identified as Francisco Peña, 41, and Francisco Cornejo, 26. A 17-year-old was arrested, along with Andres Siordia, 19.

The Bay City News reported today that Siordia pleaded guilty to the murder.

At the time of the  murders, Vanessa Carr wrote a wonderful profile of Peña and the difficulties of leaving the street behind.

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