Two Nevada County teens have been found guilty of second-degree murder in the brutal stabbing death of a Bear River High School graduate in San Francisco.
A third teen was acquitted Wednesday in the murder of 20-year-old Cameron Myers on May 15, 2013.
All three boys, who are not being identified by The Union, were tried as juveniles; the youngest was 15 at the time of his arrest.
Myers was found in the Hunters Point district of San Francisco after police officers responded to a report of a man screaming at about 1:45 a.m. He was found near the waterfront with multiple stab wounds and was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where he later died.
Myers was scheduled to join the military that September. Friends described him as happy, fun-loving, playful and nonjudgmental.
“There was no motive,” said Jeff Alaways, pastor of Simple Truth Church. Alaways attended several days of the trial to support Kim Myers, Cameron’s mother.
The witnesses who testified “all said (Cameron) was a really nice guy,” Alaways said. “He even bought them lunch that day.”
Cameron Myers was in San Francisco with the group of Nevada County teens because they needed a second vehicle to ride in and he was trying to help out, Alaways said.
“There really wasn’t any reasoning (behind the murder). They were drinking, they admitted to smoking marijuana,” Alaways said. “They pointed fingers back and forth.”
The group ended up at Hunters Point and Myers was looking at the view, when one of the teens hit him in the head from behind. Myers pulled a knife to defend himself and struggled with one of the boys, then “took off running,” Alaways said.
Myers made it back to his vehicle, but one of the group had taken his car keys.
After they surrounded him, Myers put the knife down and tried to defuse the situation, Alaways said. But instead the teens chased him down, tripped him and began stabbing him.
“His mom had to sit and listen to all that,” Alaways said. “She never missed a day — she sat though all that craziness.”
San Francisco detectives had quickly developed leads in the case that brought them to Nevada County. They arrested the 15-year-old just four days after the murder; the teen who was acquitted is his older brother.
The second teen who was found guilty, a 17-year-old boy, was arrested in July 2013 in Grass Valley.
Another suspect, Drew Zamora, 24, was arrested in Las Vegas less than a week after the homicide; the case against him was dismissed earlier this year, however.
The two teens who were found guilty will be back in court July 28 for a hearing on where they will be sentenced, Alaways said. A sentencing date was not set.
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