Mike Lefiti was one of four victims killed in a shooting rampage at a UPS facility in San Francisco Wednesday. The shooter also died in the rampage from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Lefiti, who was a father of three, was remembered by his customers and neighbors as “Big Mike.” They said he was a kind person who had a big personality and was everyone’s friend. They tearfully talked about Lefiti, saying he was loved, and he didn’t deserve to die.
The popular UPS delivery driver was known for his large stature and a love for playing football in the streets, attending church, and spending time with his family.
His final thoughts were of his family, according to bystander Mike McDonald.
McDonald happened to be walking by the UPS facility on his way home from work when he found Lefiti face down on the pavement, bleeding profusely from a gunshot wound to his back.
“The paramedics wouldn’t come because he was still shooting and the police were pretty much trying to secure the area,” McDonald said.
In an act of extreme kindness, McDonald waited with Lefiti, attempting to offer comfort while they waited for paramedics to arrive.
“He said what he had to say: he loves his family, he loves his children and that he didn’t do anything to this man,” McDonald recalls of Lefiti’s dying words. “And I didn’t know how to pass the message. But I guess this is God’s way of saying, ‘Hey, he loved his family and his kids.'”
Lefiti leaves behind 22-year-old daughter Noni Mercedes and two sons, 18-year-old Jeremiah and 15-year-old Malaki.
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