31-year-old Oakland resident Carlo Tateo was shot during an argument on Folsom Street near 11th Street at approximately 2 a.m. on Sunday morning. Early reports indicated that Tateo and a group of friends left "a business" and ended up in an alternation with several men ranging in age from 25 to 30. One of the men discharged a firearm and Tateo was hit, later dying at San Francisco General Hospital. All of the suspects remain at large and the San Francisco Police Department is investigating the slaying. (You can read our previous coverage of this incident here.)
The Examiner is now reporting more details on Tateo, who was a father of a two-year-old and a PE teacher and advisor at Skyline High School. Friends of Tateo have started a GoFundMe page aimed at raising money for this young family.
The page, set up by Tateo's friend since their sophomore year at Skyline Daniel del Toro, reads in part:
All who knew him would agree his smile and personality lit up every room he was in. You were immediately attracted to his infectious laughter and warm spirit, but were drawn in by his values and aspirations. He dedicated his life to helping the youth and bettering his community; working for after school programs, coaching high school football and soccer, as an advisor, mentor and PE teacher at his alma mater, Skyline High School.
He truly was, one of the good ones.. a man who would give the shirt off his back to help someone in need without expecting anything in return. There are simply not enough words to describe his light, but anyone who had the priveldge of knowing him or being in his presence, can attest to it.
An innocent child has lost the opportunity to grow up with her father and Carlo has been stripped of the opportunity to witness his little girl continue to blossom throughout life. A family has lost their beloved son, brother, uncle, nephew and cousin. Friends and co-workers are mourning the loss of one of their own. And so many youth have lost a true role model that was advocating so hard against the very thing that took him from us.
On Tuesday, hundreds of Skyline High School students and staff gathered in the school's gymnasium to mourn and remember Tateo. "He talked to a teenager like a teenager would talk to another one. So that's why all teens would bond with him," Skyline alum Ashley Grande told KTVU.
"He'd walk in with a giant bag of fruit [or] he would stay up at night and make 50 sandwiches. He wanted to make sure [the students] ate and had everything they needed," said Skyline football coach Joe Bates.
Some family members believe Tateo was trying to act as a peacemaker during the argument that left him dead, but police have released few details about the incident.
At the time of publication, the GoFundMe page for Tateo had raised $16,857 of its $20,000 goal. His death marks San Francisco's 33rd homicide of 2017.