Police arrest suspect in murder of SFSU student


Police have arrested a suspect in the killing of San Francisco State University student Justin Valdez, who was gunned down Monday night as he was getting off a light-rail vehicle in the city’s Ingleside Heights neighborhood.

Nikhom Thephakaysone, 30, of San Francisco, was arrested on suspicion of murder outside his home in the nearby Oceanview neighborhood on Tuesday, police said.

Valdez, 20, also a San Francisco resident, was originally from Garden Grove in Southern California.

He was shot around 9:50 p.m. as he left an eastbound San Francisco Municipal Railway light-rail vehicle near Randolph and Bright streets, according to police. The M-Ocean View line stops at that corner.

Vigils will be held in Valdez’s honor at the high school’s pool deck on Friday and Sunday, and there will be a “Lights Out for Justin Day” in
the coming days, Osborne said.

Police have released video footage of the shooting suspect captured by a surveillance camera on the Muni train.

He is described as an Asian man between 20 and 30 years old with a stocky build, who was wearing a black baseball cap with a purple brim and logo, according to police.

He was also wearing a white fleece hooded jacket with gray lining, blue jeans and black running shoes with white trim, police said.

The motive for the shooting remains under investigation. Police said the suspect and Valdez did not appear to know each other.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Police Department’s homicide detail at (415) 553-1145. People can also call anonymously to (415) 575-4444 or send a tip by text message to TIP411 with “SFPD” in the message.

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