Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 11 / 15 March 2018

Homeless person found dead in front Castro Peet’s

The San Francisco Medical Examiner’s office is investigating the death of a homeless person who was found at about 10 a.m. today (Wednesday, December 31) outside Peet’s Coffee, 2257 Market Street, in the Castro neighborhood.

[Update Monday, January 5]: Many who knew the person use feminine pronouns when referring to her and have indicated she was likely transgender, although it’s not clear if that’s how she self-identified. The Bay Area Reporter will have more information in the Thursday, January 8 edition. [End update]

A medical examiner’s staffer said at about 12:30 p.m. that information on the person’s identity was not yet available.

Officer Gordon Shyy, a spokesman for the San Francisco Police Department, said police are currently considering the death a medical examiner’s case.

“Our homicide unit isn’t part of the investigation at this point,” Shyy, who confirmed the person was homeless, said. He didn’t have information on any injuries the person may have had, and he didn’t know how long the body had been in front of the coffee shop before police were called.

In a tweet this morning, gay planning commissioner Dennis Richards said that he’d seen the person every day on Market Street. Richards didn’t immediately respond to an interview request.

Bill Tarquino, 52, who was sitting on the bench outside Peet’s this afternoon, said that he’d frequently seen a person who appeared to be homeless sitting on the bench in the mornings.

The person would get to the shop at about 7 a.m., people would buy them coffee or a pastry, and after about an hour they’d go walk in the Castro, Tarquino said of the person, who said he’d last seen the person this morning. (In a text message, Tarquino said a Peet’s employee told him the person’s name was Anastasia. The employee couldn’t be reached for comment.)

Tarquino wasn’t sure the person he’d often seen was the same person who’d died, but said the person had recently looked sick.

“He really did look like he was at death’s door,” Tarquino said. “…You could see it in his face.”

The person, who always wore a scarf wrapped around his head, appeared to be in his 50s and usually talked to themselves, Tarquino said. The person’s words were “really incomprehensible,” he said.



— Seth Hemmelgarn, December 31, 2014 @ 1:42 pm PST
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