Ernesto Gonzalez Acosta: Friends to Hold Memorial for Man Murdered Near Alamo Square
Family and friends of Ernesto Gonzalez Acosta, the 23-year-old man who was gunned down last weekend in the city's Western Addition neighborhood, are trying to make sense of the unsolved murder still being investigated by police.
via Facebook Ernesto's face spotted in the Haight
To get some closure, friends and family are planning a Saturday memorial service for Acosta at the corner of Webster and Hayes -- the location where he was shot.
Per Acosta's memorial Facebook page:
In addition to any offerings that you feel will honor Xe, bring a candle to light in his memory. Music is welcomed and encouraged.
Please help us spread the word :).
On Saturday, police were called to the intersection of Webster and Hayes streets about 2 a.m. on reports of shots fired. When they arrived, they found Acosta on the sidewalk suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital where he later died. Police said this morning they have yet to name any suspects, nor do they have a motive for the crime, said Officer Gordon Shyy.
However, SF Weekly received an e-mail last night from someone who claimed to know Acosta, informing us that he was a "completely innocent young man." "He had a full time job at Whole Foods, was currently enrolled at CCSF, and lived in his VW bus to save money to travel the world," according to the e-mail.
We attempted to contact folks close to Acosta, but have not heard back yet. We'll update this story when we do. In the meantime, here's some thoughtful comments from the Facebook page:
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call SFPD Homicide Detail at 553-1145, or the anonymous tip line at 575-4444. You can also text a tip to TIP411 and begin the text with SFPD.