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Before Bryan Stowe, there was Anthony Giraudo, at AT&T Park

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

With little fanfare, one-time Giants season ticket holders Bob and Sheri Giraudo of Redwood City went out to AT&T Park yesterday. Not to see a ballgame; the Giants were in LA. It was in advance of today’s four-year anniversary of their son Anthony Giraudo’s death. He took a blind-side punch to the temple while defending the virtue of a young woman outside the stadium four years ago, in another one of those senseless acts of ballpark violence that pre-dates the vicious attack on Giants fan Bryan Stowe at Dodger Stadium last year. Giraudo was 18. His folks left flowers at Seals Plaza on the waterfront next to the stadium. The Mercury News says that since the Giants are away, they’re letting the mini-memorial stay up for three days.

Add: The 18-year-old man accused of killing Anthony Giraudo, initially charged with second-degree murder, eventually copped to involuntary manslaughter as part of a plea deal and served eight months of a one-year sentence. Says Bob Giraudo:
"It was all dealt with way too lightly. San Francisco is a perfect place for a crime. Their court system is way too lenient."

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