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SFPD investigating shooting death of popular youth counselor

The San Francisco Police Department is looking for clues in the shooting that took the life of a popular youth counselor.
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
The San Francisco Police Department is looking for clues in the shooting that took the life of a popular youth counselor. Allen Calloway was shot last Friday on the playground in which he was supervising a game of dodge ball.

Calloway was a youth outreach counselor in San Francisco's Sunnydale Housing Project. Police say the shooting was witnessed by dozens of kids taking part in a summer program, including Calloway's 10-year-old son.

Supervisor Malia Cohen, who represents the district, is outraged over the crime. "Can you imagine sending your child to day camp to play in a very safe space, brand new field, and to get a call saying, 'Hey, come get your kid. There was a shooting, your kid may have been a witness.' I mean, that's just terrible. It's not OK," Cohen said.

Calloway was a father of three and a former gang member who turned his life around after serving two years in prison.

"He put everything behind him, just started working with kids, being with the kids, telling kids, 'Y'all need to be in this,'" Calloway's niece, Latae Armstrong, said. "He gave us all jobs. We work around here, we clean up around here. He gave us all jobs and he told us to get our money. We don't got to worry about the street stuff."

Calloway encouraged every neighborhood kid to work and said that it was a good diversion from crime.

"Especially for somebody who's supposed to be a good guy, you know, and, you know, didn't do nothing wrong, you know, was doing what he was supposed to do for, you know, his family and others. It's just crazy," neighbor Lisa Boston said.

But Calloway's past may have caught up with him. Police believe a former rival gang member could be the shooter.

His family said Calloway will be remembered as a man who just wanted to do the right thing. "He'll be remembered as a real, real person. A real, like, everybody's role model," Armstrong said.

SFPD said no arrests have been made so far, and they urge the public to call with any tips.
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