SFPD Seeks Help In Solving October 2016 SoMa Homicide

Homicide investigators are seeking the public's help in solving a homicide that occurred at SoMa nightclub The EndUp in October 2016. 

When police responded to the scene at 401 6th St. on October 2nd last year, they found 26-year-old Stockton resident John Sanyaolu in the roadway outside the club with several gunshot wounds. Two other men were also shot that night. 

The victims had gone to The EndUp to meet with female friends; as they left the club, a verbal argument escalated into a physical fight. Sanyaolu was shot, along with his two friends, a 28-year-old man and a 26-year-old man, both Oakland residents.

Although his companions survived, Sanyaolu succumbed to his wounds after he was transported to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.

John Sanyaolu. | Photo via SFPD

Police said that they did not have video surveillance of the shooting itself. While they've already interviewed a number of witnesses, they are hoping to find more. The suspects have still not been identified, and police have not released their descriptio

"We rely on the community to be our eyes and our ears," Commander Greg McEachern said at a press conference today. "We know that someone in the community saw something, and we need their help to solve this tragic homicide." 

Sanyaolu's family pleaded for witnesses to come forward. "I'm standing here to make a passionate appeal to the public and to anyone who might know anything about the death of my only son," said his mother, Funmi Oyewole.

"He was a respectful young man," she said, describing him as "very loving" and "very kind," and added that his death had caused "terrible heartache." 

John Sanyaolu's mother Funmi Oyewole pleaded for witnesses to come forward. 

"John was more than a brother to me," said his sister, Whitney Omitade, who had also organized a fundraiser to help cover funeral costs. "He was the family clown, always smiling and goofing around." 

"A year has passed, and it still feels like it was just yesterday," she continued. "John may be gone, but he's never forgotten." 

Anyone who has information about this incident is encouraged to contact SFPD via the department's anonymous tip line at 415-575-4444, or text TIP411 with "SFPD" at the start of the message.

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Sfpd seeks help in solving october 2016 soma homicide