Re­ward in man’s death ex­tended

Fam­ily mem­bers say slay­ing was ‘ran­dom act of vi­o­lence’

The Mercury News - - Local News - By Ja­son Green ja­­yare­anews­ Con­tact Ja­son Green at 408-920-5006.

SAN JOSE >> A $5,000 re­ward for in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to an ar­rest in a San Jose man’s slay­ing last month is be­ing ex­tended an­other 60 days.

Fran­cisco “Frankie” San­tos Jr. III, a 28-yearold hus­band and fa­ther of two sons, was fa­tally stabbed out­side his Bur­bank neigh­bor­hood home dur­ing the early morn­ing hours of Sept. 2.

Fam­ily mem­bers say San­tos Jr. was a vic­tim of a “ran­dom act of vi­o­lence.” A flier ad­ver­tis­ing the re­ward de­scribed him as a “fa­ther, a hus­band, a son, a brother, a grand­son, a friend, a 49ers sea­son ticket holder, a gym bro, a project man­ager, a man of faith.”

“He loved liv­ing a healthy and hon­est life,” the flier con­tin­ued. “He was not in­volved in any con­flicts. His big­gest ar­gu­ment be­ing that the 49ers are bet­ter than the Raiders.”

The same flier also con­tained up­dated in­for­ma­tion about the sus­pect ve­hi­cle, which was ini­tially iden­ti­fied as a GMC or Chevro­let full-size pickup truck. It was ac­tu­ally a 2004 Nis­san Ti­tan.

Moth­ers Against Mur­der, the Los Al­tos-based non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion of­fer­ing the $5,000 re­ward, ini­tially set a dead­line in the hopes of bring­ing a swift res­o­lu­tion to the case.

“Re­ward of­fers do work and al­ways bring calls in to law en­force­ment,” Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Mar­garet Pet­ros said. “We know the timely re­ward we put out did gen­er­ate in­ter­est and calls to the (Santa Clara County) Sher­iff’s Of­fice.”

In ad­di­tion to ex­tend­ing the re­ward an­other 60 days, the group is seek­ing to dou­ble the amount through do­na­tions.

“We wish peo­ple out there hear the fam­ily’s pain and if any­one knows some­thing to call the sher­iff’s of­fice,” Pet­ros said.

“Specif­i­cally, we want to send a mes­sage to all the gang mem­bers who have been ha­rass­ing peo­ple and busi­nesses in the Bur­bank area to feel this fam­ily’s pain and know there is a way out of the crim­i­nal gang be­hav­ior,” she con­tin­ued.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the killing can call sher­iff’s of­fice in­ves­ti­ga­tors at 408-808-4500 or the anony­mous tip line at 408-808-4431.

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