The family of a college student shot and killed near their home Saturday morning is still trying to understand why anyone would have wanted him dead.

Around 3 AM Saturday morning, 19-year-old Jacob Valdiviezo was walking with a friend near the intersection of 24th and Bryant streets when a car approached. A man exited the car, asked the teen if he was involved in a gang and shot him in his upper body, police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said.

Neighbor Luis Salinas tells ABC7 that “There were two guys walking this way…But he only went for one person only, so he just let it roll. He shot em, shot em, shot em, shot em, took off and that was it.”

“Valdivieso was told that his son was backing away from the suspect onto the steps of a neighbor’s house when he was shot,” Mission Local reports.

According to Mission Local, Jacob’s father, Carlos Valdivieso, 62, rushed outside when he heard the gunshots and discovered his son.

Jacob was taken to San Francisco General Hospital where he later died from his injuries, Esparza said.

Jacob was a sophomore at Lewis and Clark College in Portland where he was studying economics and was a wide receiver on the football team. He graduated in 2011 from Riordan High School, which posted a statement on its website offering condolences to the Valdiviezo family. Jacob’s older brother also attended the school.

His family maintains that he had no gang affiliation, nor do they know why he might have been the target of the shooter.

“We don’t know who did this,” Carlos Valdivieso told Mission Local.

“We don’t know anything. He was a good kid, he didn’t do any of those things.”

“We don’t know,” Jacob’s cousin Anabella Valdiviezo told ABC7.

“He wasn’t affiliated with a gang. He wasn’t even around here, he was home for spring break.”

Riordan High School officials said a prayer service has been scheduled for Saturday at 11 a.. at 2617 Bryant St. in San Francisco.

Friends of Valdiviezo took to social media over the weekend to grieve about the loss.

“It still doesn’t feel real, Jacob Valdiviezo was a good man, and didn’t deserve this,” one friend wrote on Facebook.

Another wrote, “Your absence will leave a huge hole in our hearts but the memories we have all shared with you will never be forgotten.”

SFPD has not released a description of the suspect, saying only that they believe he fled in a grey two door sedan.

Anyone with information about the killing is asked to call San Francisco police at (415) 575-4444 or text a tip at TIP411 with “SFPD” in the beginning of the message. Callers may remain anonymous.

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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  • Maureen

    That is ridiculously sad. My heart goes out to the family. We have some real sick people in our fair city…

  • Maureen

    That is ridiculously sad. My heart goes out to the family. We have some real sick people in our fair city…

  • Gutless cowards did this and hopefully they will be made to pay.

  • Gutless cowards did this and hopefully they will be made to pay.

  • Nani Spach

    I am so saddened to hear about this young man’s death. Unfortunately I feel your family’s pain, my twin brother was murdered here in San Francisco in February , we are just 23 years old. My family and I would like to send you all our condolences. Know that you are not alone in your pain and please reach out to me if you’d like.

  • Nani Spach

    I am so saddened to hear about this young man’s death. Unfortunately I feel your family’s pain, my twin brother was murdered here in San Francisco in February , we are just 23 years old. My family and I would like to send you all our condolences. Know that you are not alone in your pain and please reach out to me if you’d like.