Mark “Papa” Guardado, 46, president of the Frisco Hells Angels Motorcycle Club Charter was laid to rest Cypress Lawn Cemetery in Colma on Monday, September 15.
Between 1,000 and 2,000 mourners attended Guardado’s funeral, many on motorcycles.
Jim Flaherty, 66, of Daly City, told the San Mateo County Times that he attended the services because “This is part of our culture…. The motorcycles, the camaraderie…this is a brotherhood. I’m sure I’ll never see this in my lifetime, especially in my backyard.”
Members of the Hells Angels from as far away as Australia and Europe attended Guardado’s farewell. One Angel sang Willie Nelson’s “Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground.”
Guardado was described as a friendly man and a good son, father and uncle who had always had an independent streak. Mourners recalled many of Guardado’s numerous kind acts. Guardado was remembered as a supportive friend and a man who was kind to children and the unfortunate.
Guardado, died September 2 after fighting with and being shot by an assailant outside a Mission District bar.
The San Francisco Chronicle has reported that Guardado was murdered by Christopher Ablett, 37, of Modesto. Ablett is a self-employed electrician and the father of two children. No motive has been established for the slaying although Ablett has been reported to be a member of the Mongols Motorcycle Club.
Both the Hells Angels and the Mongols are fraternal organizations comprised of motorcycle enthusiasts. Both fraternities require prospective members to own an American manufactured motorcycle in good operating condition. Ironically, members of the two organizations have often quarreled.
Coincidentally, a series of explosions detonated at 3:38 am on Thursday, September 18 on a small cul-de-sac in a residential neighborhood of San Jose. One resident of the cul-de-sac is Robert Rios.
Rios has been widely reported to be a member of the Mongols. According to Jermaine Thomas of the San Jose police, two vehicles parked in Rios’ driveway were slightly damaged.
Additional explosives were found outside Rios’ home.
One of Rios’ neighbors, Linda Rodriguez, told the San Jose Mercury News that she heard three explosions. Ms. Rodriguez has lived on the cul-de-sac for 47 years. She could not confirm the speculation that Rios is a member of the Mongols but did tell the Mercury News that her neighbor did ride a motorcycle. She added that Rios always took care to ride quietly when coming or leaving from his home.
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