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San Francisco Coroner Downgrades Westfield Mall Homicide to ‘Suspicious Death'

Less than a week since the body of a 28-year-old chef was found in a Westfield shopping center stairwell, police have downgraded the case from a homicide to a "suspicious death."

Frank Galicia was found around 10:15 a.m. Wednesday near Bloomingdale's, and police initially ruled his death a homicide. A medical examiner has since performed an autopsy on the San Francisco man's body, leading to Tuesday's move, according to police.

Police said that homicide detectives continue to investigate Galicia's death, but did not comment on how he was killed.  

Someone who works at the Westfield San Francisco Centre, who found Galicia's body, said the man was covered with scratches, numerous injuries and "unresponsive."

A line chef at the popular Sons & Daughters restaurant, Galicia's Instagram page shows that he was a student at City College of San Francisco. Sprinkled among photographs of the city that he called home, Galicia, a native of Los Angeles, also chronicled his love for cooking and trying out new restaurants. 

The Galicia family, whose members feel as though their lives have been put on pause, is pushing for answers from police. 

"We're almost at a week, and it's frustrating," Frank Galicia's brother Louis Galicia told NBC Bay Area. "We haven't heard anything other than we found your brother. No resolution." 

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