Anti-violence activist laid to rest

January 22, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
The anti-violence activist shot to death in San Francisco outside his daughter's basketball game was laid to rest today. A police source tells us they're making significant progress in the investigation into the murder of Terrel Rogers.

Well over 1,000 mourners squeezed into the San Francisco Christian Center to pay final respects to Terrel Rogers.

The 39-year-old married father of two, was murdered earlier this month outside Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep. He was there cheering on his daughter Tierra, a star on the school's basketball team. On Tuesday, her teammates and players from rival Saint Ignatius sat on stage to offer moral support.

"Daddy, I'm gonna still play ball and go to college," says Tierra Rogers, victim's daughter.

Rogers was remembered as both a loving family man and an activist in the community. He had brushes with the law years ago, but had turned his life around. In 2002, Rgers co-founded an organization called Peacekeepers to mediate disputes in Hunters Point.

"He was the Martin Luther King of Bayview-Hunters Point, doing something positive for the community," says one local resident.

A city supervisor came to the funeral expressing condolences and outrage.

"Frankly, just to wallow in the shame and embarrassment that another fine man has been gunned down," says Ross Mirkarimi, San Francisco Supervisor.

The euology turned into an emotional sermon against violence.

"It's the same spirit that caused our forefathers and mothers to be lynched in the South. That same spirit is till here today. You have picked up where they left off by killing your brothers and sisters. Enough is enough," said Bishop Donald Green, San Francisco Christian Center.

The minister told family members they may never know the "why" of Terrell Rogers' murder. However, at the Hall of Justice, police continue to investigate the "who". We were told that homicide detectives are actively and aggressively working the case.