SAN FRANCISCO—The San Francisco Police Department is asking for the public’s help to solve the murder of 17 year-old Aubrey Abrakasa who was murdered 13 years ago after being shot at the intersection of Grove and Baker Streets. Officers and his mother, Paulette Brown, are asking the public for assistance in solving the cold case homicide.

On August 14, 2006, at 3:14 p.m., Abrakasa was shot by several times from an automatic weapon in the Northern Panhandle neighborhood where he grew up. He was rushed to a local hospital after officers arrived on the scene, but Abrakasa succumbed injuries he sustained five hours later. 

Brown has been working as an advocate for her son and other families affected by gun violence since his death. On Wednesday, August 14, 2019, at 3 p.m., Brown held a healing circle intended to block the roadway at Grove and Baker Streets where she handed out flyers and spoke to the public and the media.

Brown wrote on her Facebook page after the meeting:

“Violence is a disease. It is a crisis that affects everyone in our community. It has reached epidemic proportions in our neighborhoods, cities, and in this nation. We need to treat violence like a disease and look for a cure. We should identify symptoms and look for the root causes then work to eliminate those with restorative measures. We should prevent it if possible; we should reduce the harm done when it occurs and we should provide curative care after it occurs.”

A $250,000 reward will be given out to anyone with information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the suspect(s) responsible for Abrasaka’s death. Anyone with details is asked to contact SFPD Homicide Detail or the anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444.