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It’s been over ten years since Ronnie Tiger was shot point-blank in the head but after valiantly holding on despite being paralyzed and unable to speak, the 30-year-old has passed away, making his death, says SFPD, a homicide.

On April 16, 2001, Tiger was shot by a masked man at Third St. and Palou Ave. and left a quadriplegic. The man, who is still on the loose, has been described as a black suspect wearing a blue ski mask. Upon shooting Tiger, the suspect fled in a burgundy van waiting for him with three other men.

As the Ex reports, Tiger’s heart gave out on September 24.

“While it’s not unusual for police to declare a death a homicide weeks, or even months, after the injury is inflicted, it is rare to do so after more than a decade,” Ex reporter Ari Burack notes.

The case remains “an active and open investigation” and police are still seeking information. If you have any information about the shooting, call SFPD’s anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411.

Tiger is survived by his two daughters, ages 13 and 10.

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