Friends and family leave flowers and candles in memory of Jacob Valdivieso, who passed away early this morning.

Nineteen-year-old Jacob Valdiviezo was walking home with a friend from a party early Saturday morning when he was shot multiple times near his family’s home at Bryant and 24th streets. His father, Carlos Valdiviezo, 62, heard gunshots and walked outside to find his son fatally injured.

Jacob Valdiviezo died after arriving at San Francisco General Hospital at around 3 a.m., his father said.

“My son is dead now,” Carlos Valdiviezo lamented as he stood outside his home on Saturday afternoon with friends and family, mourning the tragedy.

Police reported that a vehicle pulled up to the two friends and a male suspect in his 30s stepped out of the car. The suspect asked the victim if he had any gang affiliation before shooting him multiple times, at least once in the head. Valdiviezo was told that his son was backing away from the suspect onto the steps of a neighbor’s house when he was shot.

Valdiviezo described his son as a good student who was never involved in gangs.

“We don’t know who did this,” he said. “We don’t know anything. He was a good kid, he didn’t do any of those things.”

“He wasn’t in gangs or anything,” added a 16-year-old cousin, Adriana Valdiviezo.

Carlos Valdiviezo said his son was visiting family over spring break from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore. He was a sophomore majoring in economics, and previously attended Archbishop Riordan High School in San Francisco.

Family and friends have placed flowers and candles outside the home in Valdiviezo’s memory.

SFPD spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said the suspect fled the scene of the crime in a gray two-door sedan, and remains at large.

Correction; An original version of this story spelled the victim’s last name as Valdivieso, but it is actually Valdiviezo.

For Mission Local’s more in-depth coverage of Jacob Valdivieso that followed this story, read here.

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  1. I bet if a city or state policy maker or official were directly affected by the violence(victimized) then something would get done about it. But as long as they stay safe in their cozy flats and mansions, they do not give a crap. That is why we need to recruit more local politicians who came from the violent ridden neighborhoods.

  2. What a bunch of idiots! How many young men of color leave the mission to go to colleges like Lewis and Clark? Probably something like 5%. An exceptional, hard-working 5% and then these idiot morons have to shoot this young man for no reason whatsoever. Black on black crime. Brown on brown crime. Meanwhile, white people are just laughing at you! The murdered victim may have gone on to do something productive and beautiful for this community if he would have had a chance to live, graduate, pursue his dreams and goals. People of color in low-income ‘hoods in SF really need to get their shit together. Stop supporting SF as a sanctuary city. The same people who you may be preserving “sanctuary” for are going to show no mercy on you in a bind, eh? Anyone remember the innocent Colona family????

  3. I just saw there will be a vigil/peace march Friday April 5. See below:

    Join Calle 24 (Lower24th St.) and the Mission Peace Collaborative in a candle light peace march honoring Jacob Valdiviezo and calling for peace in our community. We will be gathering at 7 PM at the 16th St. BART Plaza Friday April 5, 2013. The march begins at 7:30 PM heading towards 24th on Mission St. and then down 24th to Bryant St.
    A prayer will be held at 24th and Bryant. Please bring candles and signs calling for peace. Jacob was a victim of a senseless shooting in front of his home last Saturday morning.

  4. I agree with several comments. I was born and raised in SF in the mission, and I have yet to see the violence STOP. This horrific shooting that took the life of JACOB, is a tragedy. This was not a murder this was an execution, he was shot in the head twice and once in the chest!! A young man with a whole life ahead of him, this has to stop!!! And I will be damn if these murderers are not caught, INSPECTORS, POLICE, INVESTIGATORS FOR ALL I KNOW GET THE FBI INVOLVED THIS HAS TO STOP AND AS A COMMUNITY WE NEED MEETINGS, CAMERAS AND POLICE WATCH. GOD BLESS MR. AND MRS. VALDIVIEZO AND CARLOS JR.

  5. I agree with several comments. I was born and raised in SF in the mission, and I have yet to see the violence STOP. This horrific shooting that took the life of JACOB, is a tragedy. This was not a murder this was an execution, he was shot in the head twice and once in the chest!! A young man with a whole life ahead of him, this has to stop!!! And I will be damn if these murderers are not caught, INSPECTORS, POLICE, INVESTIGATORS FOR ALL I KNOW GET THE FBI INVOLVED THIS HAS TO STOP AND AS A COMMUNITY WE NEED MEETINGS, CAMERAS AND POLICE WATCH. GOD BLESS MR. AND MRS. VALDIVIEZO AND CARLOS JR.

  6. So sad. A young man with his whole life ahead is taken away from his family, fiends and neighbors.

  7. So in an oregon article they said jacob was walking with somebody??? I was raised two blocks away from there and damn it just seems like shit is gettin worse. It aint gangbangin no more since all the targets have been innocent folks. Its been goin on forever and I still see no change. How do we react to this? Who will stand up?

  8. People need to think twice about who they elect to the SF Board of Supervisors. David Campos represents our neighborhood but he lives in cozy Bernal Heights.

    The man has no idea how bad it really is in our neighborhood. This is a senseless, indiscriminate crime of gang violence. David Campos has defended SF’s position as a sanctuary city. Many of these violent crimes are from MS13 – a gang originally from El Salvador. We need to step up our focus on aggressive policing until we take our streets back.

    Neighborhood update:
    Thursday robbery and assault (broad daylight) on 24th.
    Sunday murder on 24th.
    Two weekend Mission shootings on Muni.
    One stabbing death at 16th and Mission

    We are losing and the gangs are winning. We need less rhetoric from Campos and more action – this is the same guy that has recently stated that crime is going down??!!!

    1. Joe,
      three is a huge gap between being a sanctuary city and MS13, and the young people in the neighborhood whom has nothing to do all day, and they walk out of their home at 5pm… to start their day.
      The police and the Supervisor MUST crack this down! Start frisking everyone if you have to.

    2. First of all, my heart cries for the family of this young boy. I’m so sorry for the loss. This goes to his family and our community. Joe please do not change this hurt to hate for a community that already has little voice to defend themselves. People who are undocumented are not usualy gang members and or violent killers. Most are hard working families. MS13 is not from El Salvador. The gang originated in LA and because of our mass deportation of gang members, documented or not, back to their country of origin (all over the world but mostely Central America) Central America is devestated with murders and death. This was yet again a problem that USA did not want to deal with so they tried washing their hands and it back fired. Same as the war on drugs. “If only Columbia, Mexico and Peru would stop exporting drugs.” USA supplies the $$$$! Just sweep everything under the rug. It is the American way.

  9. What a very sad story. RIP Jacob. It really is time for DA Gascon & the supervisor of this district to take action & not just lip service. Too many killings lately & for no reason.

  10. We can start by stepping up and stop the silence and give up the name or names of the criminal s who did this. Someone out there knows and should call anonymous ly.

  11. It’s really sad how life in the mission. My he rest in peace and my God soothe the family’s pain.

    Try not to get home late people.

  12. Is anyone aware of any meetings or other community action that is planned in response to this killing? I live in the next block, and I’m just very saddened by this and tired of seeing young men killed for no reason. I feel like there needs to be some sort of engagement with the community, but I’m not sure where to start. If anyone is aware of any efforts, please post.

  13. RIP my fellow Crusader brother, woke up and this story on the news. We have to find a way to come together and stop this senseless violence….we’re killing our future!

  14. I never knew the young man. Still my heart goes out to his jefitos. May he rest in peace. We are not supposed to bury our children. This is so wrong. I hope they find the ppl that murdered him.

  15. This is really sad. I knew jacob for so many years never involved in any gangs, good student, good son, good brother. He went to school with my son since k garden. I cant believe someone did this. Words can’t explain how messed up this is. Gob bless this family and give them confort.

  16. The violence can be radically reduced when people in the community commit to effective strategies. Not just a few people or the “leaders” but the gente as a whole need to embrace best practices for their role. There are systemic issues which is a different fight but on a community level much progress can be made. This is not meant to imply there are no effective leaders in the Mission-there may in fact be too many-but it is *everyone’s* duty. For those who feel unequipped, teach them. For those who don’t know how to help, show them. For those using ineffective means, correct them in love.

  17. This is very very SAD!! My son’s Crusader Brother….I met this young boy n his family during Andre’s ARHS junior prom with Jacob celebrating his senior prom in 2011. He was a wonderful son, brother and friend. He came from a very close and loving family and this was definitely a big error!!! WHEN WILL THIS VIOLENCE IN OUR NEIGHBOR HOOD STOP!!! JUSTICE FOR THE Valdivieso FAMILY!!!! Jacob may you rest in peace brother….Andre (ARHS 2012) & Ivon Padilla.