The mother of a teenager gunned down in a hail of automatic weapon fire outside the family’s San Francisco home seven years ago isn’t giving up in the search for her son’s killer.
Paulette Brown — the mother of 17-year-old Aubrey Abrakasa — spent part of the seventh anniversary of the fatal shooting of her son handing out flyers on the corner of Grove and Baker Streets in the hopes of generating new leads in the case.
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Aubrey was outside his home in The City’s NoPa neighborhood on the afternoon of Aug. 14, 2006 when someone with an automatic weapon opened fire, letting loose with about 30 rounds and hitting Aubrey several times.
Brown comes to the scene of her son’s killing every year to pray and to seek justice. On Wednesday she told reporters:
“I didn’t get to say bye and I didn’t get to tell him I loved him. I didn’t get to say anything, he died alone.”
At the time of the shooting, police officers on patrol happened to be about a block away, and paramedics rushed Aubrey to a hospital, but he died about five hours later.
Even with a $250,000 reward offered for information leading to an arrest, the killing has continued to stump investigators. Police say Aubrey was never in trouble with the law and his mother says her son — who was a star basketball player — had never belonged to a gang.
Shortly after Aubrey was killed Brown told the San Francisco Chronicle:
“He didn’t have time to be involved in any gang — he didn’t have any idle time. He was a good kid — everyone says he was never in any trouble, he never went to jail, everybody liked him.”
San Francisco police continue to ask for the public’s help in the case. Homicide detectives were with Brown as she handed out fliers, and police are asking anyone with information to contact S.F.P.D. homicide detectives or call an anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444.
Anybody with information cal also text-a-tip to TIP411, begin the text with SFPD.