Last Friday, 29-year-old Jaime Jimenez had dropped his little brother, Lorenzo, off at the train station in Sacramento so he could make it to San Francisco, where he worked as a bouncer for the Roaring 20's strip club in North Beach.
It was the last time Jaime would see him.
"I told him I loved him and said, 'Whatever you do, be careful out there,'" Jaime recalled. "He promised me he would, so I felt good about letting him go."
That night, Lorenzo Jimenez, 24, was viciously beaten and shot to death outside a popular Mission District bar where he had been drinking with an old buddy who was in town. Police say they have no suspects, but have confirmed that the Sacramento man was jumped by a group of five to 10 men before he was shot in the chest.
"It lasted 30 to 45 seconds," Jaime Jimenez told SF Weekly. "His friend was with him and from what the cops say, he tried
giving my brother CPR, but the severity of the gunshot wound ... there was nothing he could have done. He stayed with my brother the whole night."
Jaime says Lorenzo and his buddy had been laughing and catching up at the Double Dutch
sometime before 11 p.m. June 8; they took photos of themselves, looking happy and carefree, and posted them to Instagram. They only talked to each other and the few people they were with, his brother said.
After a long day at work, Lorenzo was tired and ready to leave. As he and his friend walked out of the bar on 16th and Guerreo, they noticed a group of men trailing them. One guy asked Lorenzo where he was from. He answered, "I'm not like that -- I don't gang bang.'"
"He even put his hand out to shake their hands, and that's when they rushed him," Jaime said.
The next day, Lorenzo was taken off life support.
His brother says he has no idea who these men were; the cops have told him nothing more than what they've shared with reporters. His only guess is that his little brother was in the wrong place at the wrong time. "My brother has never been involved in gangs and it never appealed to him," Jaime told us. "That's not who he was."
On the contrary, he described Lorenzo as a hard-working, fun-loving guy. "He was very outgoing and loved to be the center of attention." He'd goof around a lot and do anything he had to to make people laugh, he said. This was evidenced by the flood of calls, cards, and Facebook comments Jaime has received from people who knew Lorenzo.
"I didn't realize he touched so many people," he said.
Jaime said while his family is grieving, there's still a happy ending. Lorenzo was an organ donor and Monday, he gave his heart to someone who had little time left to live.
"It's bittersweet," Jaime said.
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