UPDATE: Homicide Suspect Lived with Victim

A memorial was created near 21st and Bartlett streets, where Maurice White  was shot to death. Photo by Lydia Chavez.

A memorial was created near 21st and Bartlett streets, where Maurice White was shot to death. Photo by Lydia Chavez.

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The suspect in custody for the Monday morning homicide of a 28-year-old Mission man lived with the victim in an apartment on the 1100 block of Valencia Street, said Maria Herrera, the victim’s grandmother, who also lives in the unit.

San Francisco police arrested 56-year-old Vincent Jacobo Monday afternoon for the homicide of Maurice White. Jacobo, a family friend of White and Herrera, was outside walking the dog when police nabbed him near the apartment, Herrera said.

While living together, White and Jacobo didn’t always get along, Herrera said. A few months ago, the two got into a fight, and White punched him. “I don’t know if he held it as a resentment,” Herrera said. “I don’t know.”

White grew up in the Mission District and attended Galileo Academy of Science & Technology, where he played football and baseball. In 2002, White was recognized as an all-city player for Galilieo’s Mighty Lions. Family members describe him as generous and well liked around the neighborhood.

“He helped a lot of people,” Herrera said. “Anyone who called, he’d be right there. He wouldn’t ask questions.”

Officers responded to reports of gunshots around 4:30 a.m. Monday, and found White near the corner of 21st and Bartlett streets — just three blocks from White’s apartment — suffering from at least one gunshot wound, according to police. Officers on the scene performed CPR, but White died in the street.

“He had a loving and caring heart,” said Daniela Flores, White’s cousin. “Very generous, outgoing person. The life of the party. He’s going to be missed greatly.”

On Monday morning, Herrera received a frantic call from a family member saying he’d heard Maurice was shot. Herrera called the police, and confirmed her grandson was dead.

That afternoon, Jacobo came back to the apartment acting “like nothing happened,” she said. Police arrested him that afternoon, and later returned around 5:00 p.m. to search the apartment.

“They were probably looking for weapons,” Herrera said.

No charges have been filed. Officers arrested Jacobo without incident, and police are still actively investigating the case, police spokesman Gordon Shyy said in a statement.

White had been shot once before about three to four years ago in a drive-by, Herrera said, adding that he took the bullet for a friend.

Flores saw White about two weeks ago, and he was “doing well,” she said. The two spoke for about an hour outside White’s apartment, updating each other on family matters. When she left, White gave Flores and her son a hug.

“I can’t even believe he’s gone,” she said. “It’s just so sad, because he was too young.”

12 Comments

  1. ThatGuy

    Horrible. RIP dude.

  2. Na

    Rip reece one luv my prayers go out to your fam and friends u my nigga and u in a better place rest in peace money moe

  3. I love cuz . You’ll be in my thoughts always mo

    • Julieta Smith, I am sorry for your loss. How can we get a note to Maurice’s family, to give them our support? Mission Community Market is sending his family and friends our support. Thank you.

      • Moni Smith

        On Monday October 14th, 2013 we lost Maurice White to a fatal shooting that cut his life way too short.

        Reese White was a free spirited person who touched many peoples lives. Reese was known as a loyal friend and a sports enthusiast who easily filled a room up with joy. If nothing else, we celebrate his life, who he was and everything he represents.

        Being that this was an unexpected tragedy to our family, we were unfortunately financially unprepared for the costly arrangements that are required to give our loved one a proper service. We are asking family, friends and people of the community to please donate towards the funeral, or other expenses.

        This amazing support system will help give the Family of Maurice the strength to deal with the emotional and financial challenges ahead of them. Otherwise your prayers and condolences are greatly appreciated. Thank you for your continued support during this time. You can also go in person to any Wells Fargo Bank, the account is under Elizabeth Herrera.
        Account #8207270870

        Reese White leaves behind his mother and father, Liz Herrera and Otis White and his siblings Israel, Otis and Gevanuh.

        We hope to see you at his funeral. – See more at: http://www.youcaring.com/memorial-fundraiser/in-loving-memory-of-reese-white/97304#sthash.Lr0rZHo9.dpuf

  4. Georgeannaramirez

    Rip Your Flying High With The Angel’s My Heart Is With Your Family May God Hold Them Tight.

  5. neshellweakley

    he took our cousin’s life and he ruined and hurt a whole lot of people. He is a monster and should never be let out! there are no words for what this dude did. he is ruthless and we lost our reese over him.

  6. cherrera

    I am so. So sorry for this loss. Maurice was such a thoughtful young man.

  7. Cheryl Herrera

    I am so so sorry for this loss. Maurice was such a thoughtful young man

    • chtistine

      Moe reese u missed & loved so much.. i cant call u to bug u wen im lookin for my brother or to go wit me or us. I think about wen u wer just here at the house .. i think about u all the time our talks.. wen u sat with at general till 4:30. 5:30 in am.. man love you moe… u always there for us me my brother.. help wit my tvs.. love u…

  8. Mike and Nora Hanson

    With our deepest sorrow for the loss of Maurice, may the Lord give peace in your hearts.

  9. Tony

    Mauricio as we knew him was such a nice guy. I always usted to talk and joke with him. I will definately miss him. Im gonna miss smoking a couple cigarretes with him and just laughing its true he was a person who would have your back no matter what. RIP man ill miss you and watch over me.

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