life abruptly came to an end eight years ago when he was shot and killed outside his home in NoPa.
San Francisco Police have yet to find Abrakasa's killer. Both police and Abrakasa's mother, Paulette Brown, are using the anniversary of his death — Aug. 14 — as a chance to shed light on the murder in hopes that someone with information on this case will come forward.
At 3 p.m. today, Brown, who has advocated tirelessly for her son and other families that have lost someone to murder, will be at Grove and Baker Streets, the intersection where her son was murdered, alongside homicide investigators handing out fliers and answering questions about the case.
"Until something happens, I don’t want my son to be a statistic," Brown said. "I want some closure. I don’t blame the police, but I do want the [District Attorney] to prosecute this."
On Aug. 14, 2006, Abrakasa was on his way to work when he saw a man with a gun. Brown says the gunman was aiming for someone else, but her son was hit 30 times with a semi-automatic weapon.
When police and paramedics arrived, they transported Abrakasa to San Francisco General Hospital, where he died six hours later. He was 17.
Brown says her son was a good kid. He had never been arrested or in trouble with the law, and was an active figure in the community. “He played basketball, went to school, got good grades," Brown said. "He was going to graduate — before he could graduate he was murdered.”
Abrakasa was a senior at Gateway High School. He worked at Bernal Heights Park, where he coached children's sports.
"These guys are still walking the street to kill again," Brown said. "I don’t want an eye for an eye, I want them to go to jail, I want them to go prison."
Anyone with information is asked to contact the SFPD Homicide Detail
or may the anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444, or text-a-tip to TIP411, begin the text with SFPD.
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