East Palo Alto: Reward offered for unsolved killing of homeless man

EAST PALO ALTO — A victim-advocacy group is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to whoever killed an unhoused man who was living at a local park earlier this month.

Santiago Gonzalez-Gonzalez, 51, was found dead from an apparent homicide on Nov. 7, 2020 at Martin Luther King Park in East Palo Alto. A $5,000 reward has been offered for information leading to his killer. (Mothers Against Murder) 

East Palo Alto police officers were called at about 10:15 a.m. on Nov. 7 after someone reported seeing what appeared to be a body at Martin Luther King Park on Daisy Lane. They arrived to find 51-year-old Santiago Gonzalez-Gonzalez with visible injuries and pronounced him dead at the scene.

Investigators put out a call for public tips to help them identify a suspect or get clarity on the circumstances behind his death. That got a boost Wednesday when the nonprofit Mothers Against Murder announced its reward offer.

In a news release, the organization described as a “peaceful and decent man who cleaned up after himself where he slept at the park. It’s painful for all who loved Santiago and who care about the homeless population to experience such a tragic loss.”

“It is our responsibility to help law enforcement bring Santiago’s killer to justice,” Mothers Against Murder co-founder and chair Roger Smith said in a statement.

Anyone with information about the case can contact Detective Robert Weigand at 650-853-7250, or leave an anonymous tip by emailing epa@tipnow.org or calling or texting 650-409-6792.

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