A falling out between childhood friends prompted a fatal shooting in 2016 — although the alleged killer had minimal connection to the dispute.
A 24-year-old man arrested Wednesday in connection with a fatal shooting in Berkeley in September was charged with murder Friday by the Alameda County district attorney's office.
Berkeley police investigators have had a busy week, handling not only the first homicide of 2017, but also making an arrest in the city's last homicide of 2016.
The day after Ignacio Francis Jr., also known as Greg or ‘lil G’, was gunned down while standing with a group in the 1800 block of Fairview Street, his friends paid their respects at the site of his death.
Update, Sept. 23, 1:40 p.m. Police have identified the young man shot and killed Thursday night as 19-year-old Ignacio Francis Jr. of Berkeley. Those who knew him have said he went by the name “Greg.” He was shot around 7:30 p.m. while standing with a group of people at Harper and Fairview streets. The shooting was not random, according to Officer Byron White, a Berkeley Police Department spokesman.