Osage Alley and 24th Street, near the BART plaza
A man was found dead this morning at Osage Alley and 24th Street, near the BART plaza. Photo by Eleni Balakrishnan

A young man named Aldrich Coloma was found dead early this morning at Osage Alley and 24th Street after the fire department received a 911 call around 5:30 a.m.

He was 27 years old and may have been homeless, as he had no fixed address, according to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Fire department medics evaluated Coloma, who was discovered near the 24th Street Mission BART plaza and determined he was deceased, according to the San Francisco Fire Department’s Lt. Jonathan Baxter. The SFPD and the Medical Examiner were then notified.

George Lipp, a Mission resident and Mission Local contributor, wrote that he walked by at around 6:10 a.m. and saw a San Francisco police car, four officers and the Medical Examiner. “I glanced down the alley, and there was a person on their back wearing pants … motionless,” he wrote. Given that no one was tending to the body, he assumed the victim had already died.

SFPD spokesperson Officer Kathryn Winters confirmed that the police responded to the intersection around 6:15 a.m. and an investigation by the police department remains open. Winters said that there is no evidence of foul play at this time, but did not confirm a cause of death.

The Medical Examiner’s Office also conducted an investigation into the death.

Anyone with information is asked to call the SFPD Tip Line at 1-415-575-4444 or Text a Tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD. You may remain anonymous.

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  1. He was homeless and there is no help to rehab him. I am his cousin. But we want him to have mental health assistance. He is a kind hearted and he is an orphan, living with his family but ofcourse the love and support was different. But we did our best. I hope he find peace in the afterlife.

    1. my condolences to you and your family. may he finally be resting in peace now. I know the situation is complex, but as someone with a family member with severe mental illness, I firmly believe San Francisco/California needs better conservatorship laws. luckily my relative is in another state where they can be compelled to go to a hospital. I think if they were here, they would be homeless as well, nightmares ensuing.

  2. The only area worse than the Mission now is the Tenderloin unfortunately. I lived in the Mission most of my life, from 1962-2010 and what was once La Mission is now unrecognizable for most of us who grew up there. Sad.

  3. Vulnerable mentally ill, drug addicted individuals dying daily. A wonderful neighborhood without a competent supervisor to advocate for its needs getting more and more trashed. Keep letting the dealers freely deal and electing inept politicians who reenforce this failing system. More Will die.

  4. Another overdose. It’s so sad that we’ve enabled these people to the they are dying daily.

  5. It’s becoming almost as seedy as 16th street BART. Very sad it used to be a nice neighborhood.