Bernal Hill from 23rd St. Photo by Kathleen Narruhn

Update, 5/30/17: Alvarez’ family has set up a GoFundMe to cover funeral costs for the father of four. A community meeting has been scheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31 at the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center to discuss the case.

Update, 5/26/17: The San Francisco Medical Examiner reports that the victim is Giovanny Alvarez, 33, a San Francisco resident.

Original story:

Police report that officers responded to a report of a “person down” in Bernal Heights Park around 5:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 25. When officers arrived, they found a male victim suffering from stab wounds.

Paramedics responded, but the victim was declared deceased. The Homicide Detail is investigating the case.

Bernalwood reported that a neighbor that discovered the body wrote in saying,

The body was found at around 5:15am this morning at Bernal Park, on Bernal Hts Blvd where the path to Bocana starts. Grossly mutilated body with stab wounds. It was gruesome. No witnesses.

There has been a lot of crime, often violent recently on Bernal Hill. It’s about time we disallow overnight parking from 2am to 6am between Anderson to Carver. Since the city has banned overnight parking in other parts of The City, much of it now comes to Bernal. People sleeping in cars, illegal dumping, prostitution. I’ve seen it all.

Police asked for anyone with information to call the SFPD anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444. Tipsters can also text TIP411, beginning the message with SFPD.

This is a developing story and we will add more information as we receive it.

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