Vigil tonight for Hayes Valley shooting victims
Community members are planning to hold a vigil Monday evening for three San Francisco men and an Antioch man who were killed in a drive-by shooting in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley neighborhood on Friday night.
The San Francisco medical examiner’s office announced Monday the four men fatally shot have been identified as San Francisco residents Yalani Chinyamurindi, 19; Harith Atchan, 21; Manuel O’Neal, 22; and 20-year-old Antioch resident David Saucier.
The 6 p.m. vigil will be held at the African American Art and Culture Complex at 762 Fulton St., according to Juan Cerda, a legislative aide for Board of Supervisors president London Breed, who represents District 5 neighborhoods including Hayes Valley.
Cerda said Mattie Scott, a community activist and executive director of the organization Healing 4 Our Families and Our Nation, along with Breed’s office and the Rev. Amos Brown of Third Baptist Church of San Francisco, will help guide this evening’s vigil. Cerda said Breed is planning to say a few words at the vigil, as is Brown and other community members.
Following the vigil, the group is expected to walk the seven blocks to the crime scene where the four men were shot on Friday night.
According to Chinyamurindi’s LinkedIn resume, he was a student at City College of San Francisco and expected to graduate in 2016. Chinyamurindi’s profile on the job listings site ExploreTalent states that he was an aspiring performing artist and the son of film actor Michael Chinyamurindi.
The quadruple homicide occurred around 10 p.m. Friday on Page Street near Laguna Street, San Francisco police Officer Albie Esparza said. Police responded to a report of a shooting and found four men shot dead inside a stolen black Honda Civic that was double parked on the street, police said.
Police said no one has been arrested in the shooting and that no suspect descriptions have been released. Investigators are working to verify the make and model of a car that was seen speeding away from the shooting and to determine whether it is related to the homicide, Esparza said.
Police have posted fliers in the area stating that numerous bystanders may have been near the scene at the time of the shooting and are encouraged to contact police.
Any witnesses or anyone with information about the homicide is asked to call San Francisco police at (415) 575-4444 or to send a tip by text message to TIP411 with “SFPD” at the start of the message.