A 14-year-old boy stabbed to death in San Francisco’s Mission District on Tuesday evening has been identified as Rashawn Williams, a high school freshman who had attended one week of classes at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory school. The school’s assistant principal for student life, Christine Buell, said that the school community is mourning the loss of Rashawn this morning.
Buell said Rashawn attended orientation and then about seven days of his freshman year of high school before he was killed. She said he had signed up to play on the school’s freshman football team after entering the private Catholic high school with a 4.0 GPA from Buena Vista Horace Mann K-8 school. Buell said counselors are available to members of the Sacred Heart Cathedral community following Rashawn’s death.
A prayer service will be held after school today for the school community and families, according to Buell. Michelle Forshner, communications director for the high school, said Rashawn was bright and motivated. Forshner said, like most students at the school, Rashawn was accepted into the competitive high school based on his academic excellence.
Forshner said the school is waiting for more information about the homicide suspect and the motive for the killing. So far, police have only said that a male suspect stabbed the teen at about 6:50 p.m. in the 2900 block of Folsom Street, about a block from Garfield Square. The boy’s mother transported him to California Pacific Medical Center’s St. Luke’s Campus.
From there, paramedics transported him to San Francisco General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, San Francisco police Officer Gordon Shyy said. The motive for the stabbing remains under investigation and police have not released any suspect information. Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact San Francisco police at (415) 575-4444 or to text a tip to TIP411 with “SFPD” at the start of the message.
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