The man who shot and killed himself outside the SFPD Mission Station on Valencia Street was identified today as Eric Swenson, a 64-year-old San Francisco resident who was also the co-founder of popular skateboarding magazine Thrasher. An announcement on the magazine's website had this to say:
People talk, but seldom act. Eric Swenson got things done. Never one to clamor for the spotlight, he preferred the hard work, orchestrating the show from behind the scenes. It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of a dear friend and one of our founders. His mark on skateboarding is extraordinary. Without him there would be no Thrasher Magazine, Independent trucks, or Spitfire wheels, to name a few. He leaves behind his wife Linda and sister Rebekah, along with a tremendous number of admirers.
He will be missed.
If you want to take your own life, don't. Instead, visit San Francisco Suicide Prevention or call 415-781-0500. They will provide you with "emotional support, assistance, and intervention to people in crisis."
[via SF Appeal]