The illegal immigrant accused of murdering a popular illegal immigrant activist in San Francisco last month will receive legal aid from the illegal immigrant legal aid center where the activist volunteered, police say.
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San Francisco police spokesman Eric Garcia said teen immigrant Erick Garcia-Pineda (no relation) shot and killed Abel Ezquivel on Aug. 15.
Ezquivel was a popular volunteer at the Central American Resource Center, which provides legal help and other social services to illegal immigrants.
Garcia-Pineda, 18, was detained in December and released from custody in April pending deportation, said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.
An immigration judge required him to wear an ankle monitor and routinely check in with ICE, but he failed to show up for his August appointment, said ICE spokesman James Schwab.
SFPD spokesman Garcia says Garcia-Pineda was wearing the ankle monitor at the time Ezquivel was shot, and date from the monitor puts Garcia-Pineda at the scene.
The weapon used to shoot Ezquivel was stolen from an SFPD police officer’s car only hours before the murder took place.
Because Garcia-Pineda is an illegal immigrant, the Central American Resource Center will provide legal aid.