Police have arrested two brothers in the fatal stabbing of 20-year-old Ronnie Goodman September 9 in the Mission District, according to a San Francisco Police Department press release.
Javier Gutierrez, 26, and his brother Luis Gutierrez, 21, both of San Francisco, were arrested by SFPD Homicide Detail investigators on October 19 and charged with murder and conspiracy, according to the release.
Goodman was fatally stabbed just before midnight during an altercation with two suspects outside a Capp Street apartment building near 24th Street. The suspects fled the scene on foot. Paramedics rushed Goodman to San Francisco General Hospital, where he died from his injuries.
On October 16, police released video surveillance footage of two men wanted for questioning in the crime. The footage shows two young men running near the scene of the crime around the time the crime took place. Police asked anyone who had information about the men in the video to contact them. The San Francisco Police Department has not confirmed whether the two men in the video are the Gutierrez brothers, but they did specifically thank members of the public for coming forward to assist them in the case.
San Francisco PD has not confirmed if the men seen in the footage are the Gutierrez brothers.
The victim was the son of 54-year-old Ronnie Goodman, a homeless San Francisco artist and distance runner whose story appeared on the Today Show in July of this year. The younger Goodman was making a name for himself as a graffiti artist and attending City College of San Francisco at the time of his murder, according to MissionLocal.org.
Goodman’s family and friends were shocked by the crime, as Goodman had no gang affiliation, nor was he friends with gang members. “He was trying to find his own voice as an artist,” Goodman’s father told MissionLocal.org. “That really stood out with me. He was just being Ronnie, being creative, doing his thing. He was trying to find his own meaning and his own purpose at a young age.”
Ronnie’s mother, Sherry Baltodano, started a crowdfunding campaign in her son’s name to raise money for the SF Street Violence Intervention Program. Her goal is to raise $10,000. You can find a link to the campaign below.
The investigation is ongoing, and the SFPD is asking anyone with additional information about the crime to contact them at (415) 553-1145 or anonymously at (415) 575-4444. Witnesses can also text-a-tip to TIP411 with SFPD at the start of the message.
MissionLocal.org: Remembering Ronnie Goodman
YouCaring.com: Ronnie Papa Goodman aka Mire: Giving back to the community