Community concerns were heightened following the discovery of a man, fatally stabbed, outside the U.S. Post Office location at 18th Street and Diamond Street within the Castro District of San Francisco. Initially speculation suggested the man may have been assaulted but San Francisco Police Department Captain Daniel Perea, who commands the Mission District Police Station in which the incident took place, spoke with reporters recently to advise that they are currently believe the victim took his own life.
There were no signs of struggle or other injuries on the victim, and a suicide note was apparently found among the victims possessions.
The Bay Area Reporter has some more details: http://www.ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=72173
The holidays can be a particularly tough time of year for many people, and suicide rates tend to rise as a result. San Francisco has a number of services to assist those considering suicide, or who are experiencing grief as the result of another taking their own life:
San Francisco Suicide Prevention 24 Hour Hot-Line: 800-989-5212 or 415-781-0500
California Suicide Support Groups: www.suicide.org
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255