Father of 2 shot to death outside home in Bayview housing project
Jaxon Van Derbeken, Chronicle Staff Writer
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
(05-20) 15:30 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- A 34-year-old father of two who had a reputation as a neighborhood peacemaker was shot to death today outside his home in a Bayview district public housing project, in what police termed an execution-style killing.
Andre Daniels was shot twice in the head at 8:45 a.m. in front of 41 Cameron Way in the Alice Griffith project near Candlestick Park. Police say he lived in the development with his wife and two children.
Sgt. Wilfred Williams, a spokesman for the Police Department, said neighbors reported hearing five or six shots, but that no one had come forward to say they saw the killing. He said police have no suspect description.
Neighbors and investigators said Daniels, who had only minor scrapes with police, was known in the area as a mediator.
"That's why this is sort of a shock," said Inspector Kevin Jones of the homicide detail. "He wasn't a problem in the neighborhood."
Yvonne Marshall, a resident at Alice Griffith, said Daniels "didn't bother nobody - I've never seen him argue or get it into with nobody.
"He was a good guy, a peacemaker," Marshall said. "I was shocked to hear about it."
Daniels would take his children to school and help them as they rode minibikes in the area, neighbors said. The two minibikes, along with the family barbecue, were outside Daniels' home today.
The slaying was the 43rd in San Francisco this year, compared with 38 at this time in 2007. The total for all last year was 98, the most in more than a decade.