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Man shot at Twin Peaks mourned

by Seth Hemmelgarn

Edward French
Edward French  

A gay San Francisco man who was fatally shot Sunday morning at Twin Peaks is being mourned.

Edward French, 71, "worked as a location manager for more than 40 years in San Francisco and the Bay Area, finding and photographing our beautiful treasures," Susannah Greason Robbins, executive director of the city's Film Commission, said in an email to the Bay Area Reporter. "As a result of Ed's creative eye, many of these have been showcased in numerous commercials over the many years. He mentored numerous location assistants and shared with them his eye for beauty, his wry wit, and his ability to work with all types of people and personalities. The film community and Film SF mourn the loss of Ed. He will be greatly missed."

In a news release, Officer Robert Rueca, a San Francisco Police Department spokesman, said that at about 7:50 a.m. Sunday, the man later identified as French was in the Twin Peaks lookout area when a man and a woman approached him on foot.

"Witnesses reported a single gunshot," said Rueca. "The suspects ran to a vehicle and fled the scene. A jogger in the area administered CPR to the victim and a marked SFPD unit responding to the scene summoned medical aid. The victim was transported to a hospital where he was unfortunately pronounced deceased."

One suspect was described as a black male, 20 to 25 years old, who's 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 170 pounds. He has shoulder-length dreads.

The other suspect was described as a black female, 17 to 18 years old, who's 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 120 pounds.

The suspects' vehicle was described as a dark gray Honda Accord with damage to the rear end.

"A camera is believed to have been stolen from the victim," said Rueca. He added, "The SFPD Homicide Unit is investigating this case and requests the public's assistance in obtaining relevant photos or videos."

People with information may call the SFPD Tip Line at (415) 575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411. Begin the text message with "SFPD." Tips may be reported anonymously.




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