A 19-year-old man who was fatally shot in San Francisco’s Mission District early Saturday has been identified by the medical examiner’s office as Jacob Valdiviezo, a graduate of Archbishop Riordan High School and a football player for Lewis and Clark College in Oregon. Valdiviezo was walking with a friend near 24th and Bryant streets at about 3 a.m. when a car approached. A man got out of the car, asked Valdiviezo if he was a gang member, then shot him in the upper body, police said. He was taken to a hospital, where he died.
The shooter fled in the vehicle and has not been found. Valdiviezo was a sophomore wide receiver on the football team at Lewis and Clark in Portland, Ore., where he was an economics major, according to the school. He graduated in 2011 from Riordan High School, which posted a statement on its website offering condolences to the Valdiviezo family. Jacob’s older brother also attended the school.
School officials said a prayer service has been scheduled for Saturday at 11 a.m. at 2617 Bryant St. in San Francisco. Friends of Valdiviezo took to social media over the weekend to grieve about the loss. “It still doesn’t feel real, Jacob Valdiviezo was a good man, and didn’t deserve this,” one friend wrote on Facebook. Another wrote, “Your absence will leave a huge hole in our hearts but the memories we have all shared with you will never be forgotten.”
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