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 March 29, 2024

San Francisco police investigating fatal shooting of a married couple in their home

Oscar Picazo, 48, and wife, Florinda Picazo, 49, were found shot to death in their San Francisco home on Sunday, SFGate reported. The San Francisco Police Department said there is no danger to the public nor any suspects at large.

A GoFundMe set up by the family noted that they left behind four children. "The sudden and tragic death of our parents has left us distraught beyond belief," it said.

Police responded to the single-family home owned by the couple on March 24 around 9 p.m.  They were alerted to a shooting and found the husband and wife riddled with bullets.

Both had multiple wounds, but police administered first aid in an attempt to save their lives. Unfortunately, Oscar and Florinda Picazo were ultimately declared dead at the scene.

Who They Were

By all accounts, Oscar and Florinda Picazo were hardworking people who helped out in their community. Oscar Picazo worked at the waste management company Recology and was a member of the Teamsters Local 350.

The union shared a post on social media remembering their deceased member. "Brother Picazo was beloved by many of his co-workers, friends, and family, not just at Recology Sunset but throughout Teamsters Local 350," the post said.

He had been a member of the union for 29 years. Florinda Picazo had been a 911 dispatcher with San Francisco's Department of Emergency Management since 2007.  "Everyone at DEM is in shock following the tragic loss of a longstanding and valued colleague," an emailed statement from the department said.

"This is an active investigation, and we do not have any additional information to share. We defer to SFPD for updates regarding the investigation," the statement added.

Mourners placed candles outside the home as neighbors and friends remembered the couple fondly, KTVU-TV reported. Social media posts showed that Oscar and Florinda Picazo enjoyed following their Bay Area sports teams.

Questions Remain

Their death appears to be a murder-suicide considering that police assured the public there is no ongoing threat to our suspects at large. However, the investigation is being led by the SFPD homicide division.

San Francisco has increasingly become a crime-ridden city even as officials attempt to keep the statistics down artificially, Fox News reported. "Crime is worse than the data shows," former San Francisco prosecutor Charles "Cully" Stimson said.

"People do not report these crimes because when you have a DA who's pro-criminal and not going to enforce the law, the cops aren't going to go out and arrest somebody when they know the case is going to be no papered," Stimson, who is also a Heritage Foundation senior legal fellow, added. The problem began with the Soros-backed District Attorney George Gascón.

He served in office from 2011 to 2019 and is responsible for an approach that is softer on crime. "You've seen the videos of people just engaging in the five-finger discount, walking into Target, walking into Nordstrom Rack … and just walking out during daylight with $950 worth of stuff. They refused to prosecute any of that," Stimson said.

It's still unknown what happened to the couple, but the crime problem in San Francisco is undeniable. Unfortunately, the city is not interested in stopping crime, and the result of such policies is sometimes deadly.

Written By:
Christine Favocci

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