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College Student, Star Athlete Home On Spring Break Shot, Killed In SF Mission

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A college student visiting family and friends during his spring break was shot and killed in San Francisco’s Mission District early Saturday morning, a police spokesman said.

Around 3 a.m., 19-year-old Jacob Valdiviezo was with a friend near the intersection of 24th and Bryant streets when a car approached. A man exited the car, asked Valdiviezo if he was involved in a gang and shot him in his upper body, police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said.

The suspect fled the scene in the grey, 4-door sedan. Valdiviezo was taken to a hospital where he later died from his injuries, Esparza said.

“The victim was home from college visiting family during spring break when this tragedy occurred,” Esparza said in a statement. He and a friend had just returned from a party and were in front of Valdeviezo’s home when the gunman shot him.

Friends and family members describe Valdiviezo as an honor student, a star athlete and insist he has no enemies or gang ties.

Valdiviezo graduated with honors from Archbishop Riordan High and was a sophomore at Louis and Clark University in Portland, Oregon. He was studying economics and was a star athlete on the football team.

Police believe the gunman mistook Valdiviezo for a gang member. The suspects in the shooting remain at large.

Anyone with information about the killing is asked to call San Francisco police at (415) 575-4444 or text a tip at TIP411 with “SFPD” in the beginning of the message. Callers may remain anonymous.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
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