Ronald Harnish, a decorated high school athlete who had just been accepted into the Navy SEAL program, was shot and killed on Dec. 27, 2006 in the 1100 block of 30th Street, one block north of Broadway and one mile east of the city's center.
Harnish and two other sailors were driving in their car around 10 p.m. that night when they got into a confrontation with two men who were standing on a sidewalk, according to San Diego police homicide Lt. Terry McManus.
Harnish died at the scene. The other man survived a gunshot to his arm.
Family and friends of the victim have increased a $1,000 reward in the case to $7,500.
Harnish was a decorated high school football player and was inducted into a Hall of Fame for his wrestling achievements at a high school in Lakewood, near Long Beach.
"He just inspired everyone to be what they could," said his mother,
Tracy Wild. "He made it look easy even though he knew it wasn't."
The loss of Ronald left "a big black" hole in her life, said Wild, a resident of the Northern California college town of Chico. The sailor's younger brother, who planned to come down to San Diego to be with him and attend college, refuses to discuss the case, she said.
Wild, who also had the support of parents and friends of other area murder victims at the vigil, offered a message for the killers.
"When you take good people like that out of the world, you're really hurting yourself," Wild said. "You need to come forward and say that you're sorry."
Police asked anyone with information to call the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477. Crime Stoppers is offering $1,000 of the reward and the balance is offered by family and friends of Harnish.
The San Diego Rescue Mission opened its doors to the homeless community on Saturday for its annual Thanksgiving celebration.
A man died after his body caught fire, police said Saturday. At 11:30 p.m. Friday, police received a call regarding a person on fire in a field near 5200 Pacific Highway in Mission Bay Park, according to the San Diego Police Department.
Hoping for the best but preparing for the worst, local business owners and first responders teamed up for an all-to-real feeling hazard drill on Saturday.
A 5-year-old girl who was abducted from New York by her 32-year-old mother, who does not have custody of the child, was found safe Saturday in San Diego, police said.
Before Saturday, Marine veteran Joshua Ray, his wife and six children had just one vehicle to use for all of their family business, and Ray had to take the train from Oceanside to San Diego every day to get to work.
A sea of pink will travel through San Diego starting Friday for the Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day. The 60 mile journey kicks off early Friday morning and ends Sunday evening at the final destination – the celebratory Closing Ceremony.
A man arrested on suspicion of committing a murder in Imperial Beach earlier this week remained jailed Saturday.
Spencer Abbott had two goals and two assists after missing two games and Eric Fehr scored twice in his debut with the San Diego Gulls in an 8-3 victory over the Tucson Roadrunners Friday night.
On Friday, a fourth woman came forward with disturbing allegations of sexual assault by a San Diego County Sheriff’s Deputy.
Malcolm Young, the rhythm guitarist and guiding force behind the bawdy hard rock band AC/DC who helped create such head-banging anthems as "Highway to Hell," ''Hell's Bells" and "Back in Black," has died.