| September 2010
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By Corrie M. Anders
Though a few loose ends remain, the long police investigation into the April 8 murder of a 30-year-old man in front of his 28th Street home is officially over.
“The Charles McAleer-Bonilla case has been closed,” Lt. Lyn Tomioka, the police department’s spokeswoman, told the Voice last month.
However, Tomioka said the department was unable to determine a motive in the slaying of McAleer-Bonilla, a gregarious city employee who delivered interoffice mail at the San Francisco Water Department. The most important clue was a four-block-long trail of blood the injured killer left during his escape.
A Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department officer shot and killed Anthony Alvarez, the only suspect in the McAleer-Bonilla murder, in an unrelated incident. Alvarez, 26, was being sought on a variety of felony charges when he was shot June 11 after a two-day standoff with law enforcement authorities.
After Alvarez’s death, investigators connected his DNA to the blood sample in the McAleer-Bonilla case. Until then, San Francisco police had been delayed in testing the blood evidence because of problems within the city’s crime lab.
McAleer-Bonilla died as a result of knife wounds suffered during an altercation on his front steps (see “The Life and Untimely Death of Charles McAleer-Bonilla,” May 2010 Voice). While the city’s 14th murder rattled Noe Valley residents, police officials said at the time they did not believe the slaying was a random event. Tomioka confirmed that McAleer-Bonilla and Alvarez had known each other, but did not explain the relationship.
Family members could not be reached for comment.
McAleer-Bonilla had lived most of his life in Noe Valley. He graduated from St. Paul’s K-8 School in 1994 and attended Riordan High School and the International Studies Academy. He left a teenaged son, mother, and sister, as well as his son’s mother and family.