SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) – Officials with the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department released a photo of the suspect in the murder of Marla Zamora, a former attorney in the city’s public defender’s office.
Angelo Zamora, 19, was arrested at 11:03 a.m. Friday by San Francisco police and is in sheriff’s custody at San Francisco General Hospital, Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Eileen Hirst said.
Hirst could not say whether Angelo is a relative of Marla.
Marla was stabbed to death in her home in the 400 block of Arkansas Street in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill neighborhood sometime before police responded at 10:54 a.m.
Police spokeswoman Officer Grace Gatpandan said Friday that no one else is a suspect in Marla’s murder.
Public Defender Jeff Adachi said in a statement that Zamora was a wonderful person with a heart of gold.
“She worked in our office for nearly 30 years before retiring to enter private practice,” Adachi said. “She was a fearless advocate for her clients.”
“She served as an incredible mentor to so many young lawyers. Our entire office is heartbroken and will miss Marla dearly. Our hearts go out to her daughter, family and friends,” he said.
Zamora was the defense attorney for Edwin Ramos, who was convicted in a highly publicized triple murder trial in 2012.
Ramos, who remained in the U.S. on an expired visa from El Salvador, was never reported to federal immigration officials despite multiple contacts with police as a juvenile.
He was sentenced to life in prison for the shootings of Anthony Bologna and his sons Michael and Matthew in the city’s Excelsior District in 2008. Prosecutors said during the trial that Ramos was a gang member and mistook the Bolognas for rival gang members.