San Fran official issues apology to mother of slain teen for writing letter that unknowingly helped killer

Virtue-signaling backfired bigly yet again for a San Francisco public official who found herself issuing an apology after helping a criminal responsible for the murder of a 15-year-old boy.

(Video: Fox News)

On July 8, 2019, Day’von Hann was fatally shot during a suspected gang-related incident between the Norteños and their rivals when he was said to have been in the wrong place at the wrong time. Tuesday, San Francisco Supervisor Hillary Ronen owned up to helping now-25-year-old Fernando Madrigal get off probation for an unrelated conviction without consideration for his criminal record.

During the Board of Supervisors meeting, with Hann’s mother Sha’ray Johnson present, Ronen remarked, “In an awful twist of events, the man who later admitted to killing Day’von was someone I had previously tried to help.”

“I want to apologize to her. I want to apologize to Day’von,” the supervisor noted.

While speaking with the San Francisco Standard, Ronen admitted she “wrote a letter to help someone too quickly without doing my due diligence [and] will never make that mistake again.”

However, joining “Fox & Friends First” Thursday, the grieving mother was not impressed with the supervisor’s lack of due diligence regarding Madrigal whom she said had even joined them at City Hall for a criminal justice reform rally posing as a reformed anti-crime advocate.

“My son should be here. My son deserved to live,” Johnson told Fox News host Carley Shimkus. “I myself, being a former foster child, doing foster care, I believe in second chances, so I understand trying to give somebody a second chance to help, but it wasn’t hard to look into this individual at the time. She didn’t have access to the records for Day’von, but he has prior things that he did that she could have very easily saw who he actually was.”

Ronen’s letter, which preceded Madrigal being pinned as a suspect and his ultimately pleading guilty, had said in part, “I am requesting that you allow Fernando to be terminated early from probation so he can focus on his rehabilitation.”

The mother went on to indicate that, in addition to Madrigal having “worked with San Francisco mayor office on several events,” she claimed he had “played a role in getting juvenile hall shut down” prior to his indictment.

This incident was not the only time that the supervisor’s poorly conceived actions had led to her facing worse outcomes for the people of San Francisco.

As previously reported, at a March Budget and Appropriations Committee meeting, Ronen, who had pushed for defunding the police, changed her tune about wanting law enforcement around and said, “I’ve been begging this department to give the Mission what it deserves in terms of police presence all year long. And I have been told time and time and time and time again there are no officers that we can send to Mission.”

“It hurts and I feel betrayed by the department. I feel betrayed by the mayor. I feel betrayed by the priorities of the city,” she had said, wholly lacking an understanding of the warning to be careful what you wish for. “It is not this board of supervisors’ priorities — we want our residents safe! We don’t want our residents getting shot, getting assaulted, getting killed — because in the Mission, chief, it’s not theft. In the Mission people are getting shot and killed! … In the Mission people are dying!”

Despite the heartbreak wrought, Johnson fondly remembered her son lost to tragedy and said while describing his academic, athletic and musical interests, “He was love.”


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