The murder in Diamond Heights that we reported on a couple of weeks back is still without any suspects, and friends of the victim have been flyering and poster around the Castro to try to seek information into a young man's untimely death. 28-year-old Eriq Escalon was killed inside his home on June 12 in what appears to have possibly been a robbery or a possible hookup that became a robbery? Investigators believe that a man was seen in the neighborhood carrying a flat-screen TV and other electronics on the evening of the murder, which happened around 6:20 p.m.
Eriq's real first name was Steven, and he was born in the Central Valley. His funeral is being held today in Fresno. Friends describe Escalon as being a fun and animated person who helped coach high-school colorguards in his spare time. Friend Roberto Tiscareno tells SF Gate, "There’s tragedy around every corner with this story." Mourning friends continue to leave moving tributes on Escalon's Facebook page, including one who today wrote, "i wish i could make it up to fresno pay my respects...instead, it will be Eriq Escalon Day for me - making sure i make the most of every second and stay positive, - and i will wear something bright and bold to honor your memory. R.I.P. friend."
Escalon was a stylist at Metamorphosis Salon on Market Street near Octavia, and he was an alum of the Concord-based Blue Devils color guard. The Blue Devils have established a Colorguard Memorial Scholarship in Escalon's name, which you can learn more about here.
Anyone with information can call the SFPD anonymous tip line at 415-575-4444 or send a text message to TIP411. Also, you can reach the homicide investigators directly at 553-1145.