Ernesto Xe Acosta Murder: "Killer Remains at Large"

Ernesto Xe Acosta
It's been one year since Ernesto Xe Acosta, the 23-year-old Whole Foods employee, was randomly gunned down in the city's Alamo Square neighborhood, and police have no leads in the case.

Acosta's sister recently e-mailed various media outlets, noting that no progress has been made, and no suspect has been identified. "This has been the hardest thing my family has ever gone through," Amri Aguirre wrote to the Examiner. "Knowing his killer is still out there is a very hard pill to swallow."

On Feb. 10 at about 2 a.m., Acosta was walking to a friend's house after attending a party at Yoshi's when he was shot to death on the intersection of Webster and Hayes streets. Police believe the gunman was riding in a white Lexus ES 350, which was seen speeding from the crime scene.

Cops later released video surveillance from the dashboard of a taxi cab which shows Acosta running and collapsing as well the white Lexus in question.

Police say Acosta was an innocent man with no criminal background. In fact, Acosta was described as a gentle soul with good energy. He had been enrolled in City College and was saving up money to travel the world at the time of his death.

"I feel so hopeless," Amri told the Haighteraton blog. "I don't live in SF and as his big sister I feel like I failed to keep him safe."

If you have any information about this case, contact SFPD at (415) 575-4444 or by text at TIP411 with "SFPD" at the beginning of the message.

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