S.F. police seek help in probe of 2008 killing
Jaxon Van Derbeken, Chronicle Staff Writer
Friday, February 20, 2009
(02-19) 14:25 PST SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco police are asking for the public's help as they investigate the shooting death of a man last March that the medical examiner recently determined was a homicide.
Jimy Reyes-Navas, 21, of San Francisco was found just before 4 a.m. on March 2, bleeding on the sidewalk in the 1900 block of Palou Avenue in the Bayview district. A handgun was at his side.
Reyes-Navas never regained consciousness and died six days later.
Last month, the medical examiner's office ruled the death a homicide, based on its conclusion that Reyes-Navas had given no indication he was suicidal and had no access to a gun. It also said his DNA had not been found on the gun handle.
The only witness on the street told police that he had heard the gunshot but hadn't been looking in the direction from which it came. The witness said that when he turned around, Reyes-Navas was lying on the sidewalk and no one was around.
Police said Reyes-Navas did not appear to have been robbed.
He was a day laborer from Honduras who had not worked for six weeks, investigators said. Reyes-Navas had been staying with his brother on Palou, and went out about an hour before the shooting after a night of drinking beer.
"I'd really like to get to the bottom of this - we have a couple of witnesses who heard but didn't see anything, but we need people to come forward if they did see anything and to contact us at the homicide detail," said police Lt. Mike Stasko.
Homicide investigators can be reached at (415) 553-1145.