Ronnie Goodman. Photo courtesy of Sherry Baltodano.

In the last moments of his life, Ronnie Goodman, the 20-year-old who was killed in a fatal stabbing on 24th and Capp Streets, wasn’t alone. According to his mother, Sherry Baltonado, a neighbor who heard the incident take place rushed down to the street, was with the young man and waited with him for paramedics to arrive on the scene.

The man who was there with Goodman as he was dying is still unknown, but for his actions Baltonado is eternally grateful.

“I want to give a special, special thanks to him for stepping in and helping my son in his final moments,” Baltonado said.

The stranger isn’t alone in Baltonado’s gratitude. She says that the community, among them the police department and Civic Center Secondary School where she works, has rallied to support her and her family following her son’s death. Baltonado is especially thankful to San Francisco Street Violence Intervention Program, an outreach program that aims to reduce and intervene in youth-related street violence.

To commemorate her son and show her gratitude, Baltonado has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the street violence intervention program. She hopes to raise $10,000.

“I want them to be able to help other families when situations come like this,” Baltonado said. “Because they really helped us out and the support that they gave to my family was really amazing.”

During a vigil for Goodman at the corner where he died, Baltonado says members of the intervention program were on-hand to prevent further reprisals of violence. They also have plans to be on the street for future memorials for her son and Rashawn Williams, another teenager who was killed in the Mission a week before Goodman.

“They really need all the support they can get and hopefully through this money they can also employ more people,” Baltonado said.

On the evening of September 9 a little before midnight, two suspects stabbed Goodman on the corner. The investigation is ongoing.

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Daniel Hirsch is a freelance writer who has been living in the Mission since 2009. When he's not contributing to Mission Local, he's writing plays, working as an extra for HBO, and/or walking to the top of Bernal Hill.

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