Louisiana man killed in Hunters Point

October 5, 2009 11:32:05 PM PDT
A father of three was shot to death while vacationing in San Francisco over the weekend.

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Michael Bailey was at a nightclub with his cousin and a friend when he agreed to give a woman a ride home. That proved to be a fatal mistake.

Police are still looking for the killer but they have arrested the woman they believe set Bailey up and lured him to death.

Bailey and a co-worker arrived in San Francisco Friday night. They were in town to visit Bailey's cousin. The three went to the City Nights nightclub in San Francisco at Third and Harrison streets Saturday night.

That is where police say they met 21-year-old Araiel Kittles. She told the group she needed a ride home.

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"We believe it was well intentioned a courtesy act that ultimately turned bad," San Francisco Police Officer Boaz Mariles said.

Police say she hopped into the Louisiana visitors' rental car and guided them to the Alice Griffith Public Housing Project in Hunters Point, where an armed man was waiting to rob them. He shot Bailey to death.

"It was surreal shocking, I really can't put into words how much of a tragedy this is," Dion Wilson said.

Wilson, a friend of Bailey's from Baton Rouge, says the father of three was a senior at Southern University where he was working on an electrical engineering degree. He also had a full time job at Delta Airlines. As the news spread on campus, students expressed their grief on a poster created in bailey's memory.

"Such a great father to his kids, he used to bring his kids to our design meetings, to see how much loved and cared for them, he really was a role model," Wilson said.

Police have charged Kittles with three counts of robbery, one count conspiracy and one count of homicide. She was wanted in San Jose where police say she was involved in two burglaries at the Oakridge Mall.

They are still looking for the gunman.

"What is his family going to do? He has three young boys that are going to grow up without a father, young boys, they may not even remember their dad and that hurts me to know that," Wilson said.

Bailey's friends were hurt before they managed to put Bailey in the car and drive away. One was pistol whipped and was taken to the hospital for stitches; the other was treated at the scene.

Information about the case can be texted to police at TIP411 or called into 415-575-4444.

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