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Family of Mission Stabbing Victim Remember a Devoted Protector
Though he had lived on the streets for years, Mathew Fiame still found ways to stay connected with his family. But on December 29th, a stabbing on Valencia Street claimed the 39-year-old’s life. The circumstances of the stabbing remain unclear. “He was always the strong person, the protector of everybody, and for him to have passed the way he did, it’s heartbreaking,” said his niece, Ula-Latoya Hughes. “He always was protecting everybody, and who was there to protect him?” That spirited willingness to go to bat for his family earned him the nickname “Spunk.” “I remember when I was young, I would be at school and I would be like, ‘Well, my uncle will beat you up,’” Hughes remembered. Fiame, who grew up in Pacifica after his family moved there from the Bayview, took to living in the streets of San Francisco in 2013 after mental illness made living with his family untenable. “He chose that. If you asked his friends that have ...