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.