SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) – As mourners gathered Monday to remember four men fatally shot in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley last week, someone posted racially-insensitive notes on people’s cars disparaging the victims and mourners.
The inflammatory messages were slipped underneath windshield wipers on vehicles parked in the shadow of Monday night’s candlelight vigil on Page and Laguna streets, where the four men were gunned down last Friday.
It read, “4 dead criminals honored by the (African-American) ‘Community.’ Are you kidding me?”
Residents quickly noticed the messages and removed them from the cars. The vigil was not disrupted.
Monday’s memorial began at the African-American Art & Culture Complex on Fulton Street, where there were calls to end violence.
“This is not about the cameras, this is family business. This is family business. If you are not going to take responsibility when you know folks are committing these crimes. If you’re not making sure we can get these guns off of our streets, you’re just as guilty,” said District 5 Supervisor London Breed.
According to authorities, the four men were found shot dead inside a stolen car around 10 p.m. Friday night. The victims have been identified as 19-year-old Yalani Chinyamurindi of San Francisco, 21-year-old Harith Atchan of San Francisco, 20-year-old David Saucier of Antioch and 22-year-old Manuel O’Neal, whose permanent address is not known.
Police have not named any suspects in the case.