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Posted: 8:34 p.m. Monday, April 22, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO —
New information was released Monday in the unsolved killing of a grocery store clerk who was walking down the street when he was gunned down over two months ago.
KTVU obtained video that police hope will help solve the homicide of 23-year-old Ernesto Xe Acosta.
Police said Acosta, a Whole Foods employee, was shot to death in the early morning of Feb. 10 near the intersection of Hayes and Webster streets while walking to a friend’s house.
"He wasn't involved in the criminal element in any way and he has a family that cares for him a lot," said San Francisco police Sgt. John Burke.
Investigators told KTVU the gunfire came from a white 2010 to 2012 Lexus ES 350.
KTVU obtained a video that police said shows that car fleeing the scene.
Police said people attending an event nearby at Yoshi's Nightclub in San Francisco the night of Feb. 10 may've seen something related to the homicide.
A drum played as friends and family of Ernesto Xe Acosta Monday morning planted a cherry blossom tree in his honor in the parking lot of the Haight-Ashbury Whole Foods.
Friends described Acosta as a world traveler with a ready smile for everyone.
"He was warmth, he was love, he was peace, he was wise,” said Meredith Lagerman, Ernesto Acosta's coworker.
"I'm accepting that he's dead but how he died, in such a violent way and so random you know, someone just took his life and didn't care,” said Nani Spach, Ernesto Acosta’s twin sister.
Spach now wears the pendant that used to hang around her brother's neck.
"And I think about him every second,” Acosta said. “He shouldn't have gone. It wasn't his time to go."
Police are asking anyone who recognizes the 2010 to 2012 Lexus ES 350 to give investigators a call on their anonymous tip line.
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