A San Francisco activist is facing charges after allegedly fatally shooting a 15-year-old boy and has been indicted in a second case where authorities found decomposing remains of another victim discovered in Oakland.
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The suspect, 22-year-old Fernando Madrigal, previously met with City Hall supervisors on several occasions last year. The discussions talked about the call for the closure of juvenile halls and rallies against gun violence.
One of the events the suspect attended featured deceased Day’Von Hann’s mother. The teenager was previously shot dead near 24th and Capp streets in the Mission last July.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested Madrigal this August accusing him of assisting with Hann’s murder. The teenage victim was falsely believed to be part of a rival street gang.
When the U.S. Attorney’s Office secured a superseding indictment against Madrigal on December 3, authorities still had custody of Madrigal.
Now, prosecutors said that Madrigal was part of the Mission District Nortenos who were involved with the shooting of another victim a year before Hann’s case. The suspect is believed to have arranged a meeting with the victim on July 12, 2018, near Candlestick Park. Madrigal allegedly pretended to want to buy marijuana to get close to the individual.
On the same day, authorities discovered the victim’s empty car parked in the same area. Prosecutors said that officers also found a cellphone covered with blood several days later near the San Mateo Bridge.
However, police did not find the victim for more than a year and only discovered the body when tree trimmers working in a wooded area in Oakland found his bones this February. A month later, authorities found the victim’s skull.
Prosecutors charged Madrigal with racketeering conspiracy and two counts of firearm use resulting in the death of Hann and another victim, the San Francisco Examiner reported.
Next Tuesday, Madrigal is scheduled to appear for an arraignment on the superseding indictment. The suspect pleaded not guilty after being charged with the death of Hann. Madrigal’s attorney did not answer requests for a comment regarding the case.
Prosecutors indicted Madrigal and two others, 23-year-old Alvaro Reina Cordero, and 21-year-old Oscar Guadron Diaz, who are both Nortenos, a group of various affiliated gangs in California.
The two suspects were allegedly involved in a double shooting in January 2018 that resulted in the death of 20-year-old Duby Ortiz-Guardado and the injury of a woman near Bernal Heights. Legal experts said Cordero and Diaz believed the victim was a member of a rival street gang.